What I meant by ‘raise awareness’ is not that people have no idea that rape occurs, but that society in general tends to ‘sweep it under the rug’ and pretend it doesn’t really happen when, in reality, they would be shocked at how often it happens... it isn’t that often that the public hears about it, or it’s even reported, but living with a couple dozen girls who are really close to each other can be really eye-opening.
And yes, some men are falsely accused of rape, and I have absolutely no respect at all for the girls who falsely accuse men of raping them and think that they’re one of the lowest kinds of liars out there, but to stereotype most rape accusations as being false is really disrespectful to the women and girls who have actually been raped.
posted on 04/08/2008 9:16:40 AM PDT
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What I meant by raise awareness is not that people have no idea that rape occurs, but that society in general tends to sweep it under the rug and pretend it doesnt really happen when, in reality, they would be shocked at how often it happens... it isnt that often that the public hears about it, or its even reported...
I disagree. I think that rape is now so hyped up, that people have inflated ideas of how often it occurs. From Oprah Winfrey to Lifetime to "Take Back the Night" rallies, rape has become, for some, another way to claim victimhood and therefore privileged status, in the same way that "domestic violence" has been hyped up to where a woman can now have virtually any man in her life thrown in jail with a phone call, whether a crime has even been committed or not.
In addition, the definition of rape has changed. Once it meant a man physically forced himself on a woman, but now men can and have been prosecuted for simply not recognizing reluctance, however subtle, on the part of the woman to engage in sex, even if she does not actually say "no" or offer any physical resistance. In a California case a couple of years ago, which I am too lazy to look up a link for, a boy was convicted of rape even though the girl consented to sex, merely because, at some point well into the act, she stated that she needed to go home. Instead of immmediately leaping off of her, he continued to completion, and now he is in jail.
I have known a couple of victims of real rape, and for women like that, I am truly sorry, and I would very much like to see the perpetrators hanged. However, to the extent that actual victims of rape feel that the crime is trivialized, they have only their lying sisters to blame.
posted on 04/08/2008 2:36:16 PM PDT
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