In response, to the research I’ve read so far, I intend to argue in my research paper that while it is no doubt the United States has taken great measures to ensure sexual violence is a crime punishable by law, certain aspects of society have allowed a “rape culture” to flourish. The defining aspect of a rape culture is often the blaming of victims. Too often victims are confronted with a reproachful line of questioning that shifts focus from the perpetrator of the sexual assault, but on the victim. In the book Asking For it by Kate Harding, ...
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...g sexual assault or rape? Does this trivialization allow in a way for there to be a “grey area” in discerning what constitutes as rape and what doesn’t? As Sally Kohn, notes in her article for CNN, many instances of sexual assault involved multiple bystanders, but not one intervened to halt the crime, in some of these instances the crime was either captured on video or photographed.
In essence, acknowledging the notion of a rape culture in the United States is pertinent for the advancement in preventing sexual violence. An unstable environment for victims to come forward, low prosecutions of rape, extruding rape myths that deter progress, and aspects of pop culture, all of this can allow a rape culture to flourish. As a society, we must acknowledge the cultural factors that can influence sexual violence, if we ever want to continue to decrease this type of violence.
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