Culture it does not clearly scream acceptance

Culture is important within us humans, but some cultural patterns are destructive. Living in a society in which rape culture is very much grand is extremely problematic because although it does not clearly scream acceptance to sexual violence, it doesn’t disapprove or blame the actions that make it. Sexual assault cases have been emerging at an alarming rate in recent years. Many of the attitudes, beliefs, and mistaken ideas about rape have been with us for centuries. Men and women are still taught to take on very different roles in today’s society because of how they were raised.  Legally, rape is defined as a forced sexual intercourse between a man and a woman against the others will. In many states, the legal definition of rape does not include marital rape. In places such as South Africa and Pakistan husbands who force their wives into sex are not punished by law because rape is only seen as “illegal” sexual intercourse. Some only see it as a crime when the man commits the act on a woman other than his wife. This shows that sexual violence is not always considered as an act of rape. This states that the law might view sexual assaults as acceptable to a certain extend. Some law’s acceptance of a violent sexual act depends on the relationship between the victim and their rapist. Sexual violence is likely to occur more commonly in cultures that foster beliefs of perceived male superiority and social and cultural superiority of women. Sexual violence that is criticized and in other forms tolerated to a degree may involve elements of control, power, domination and humiliation. It transcends national and cultural boundaries. Both tradition and lack of legal implementation can encourage men to mistreat women. Victims are often targeted for gain in control and power over them. Women from different cultures, races, ages, and economic level are all vulnerable. It does not matter who you are or where you live, although women of lowest status are most vulnerable to rape. The roles and representations of one’s gender and attitude toward sexual violence contradicts.  Within many cultures across the world attitudes toward a gender is most likely to affect how male/female relationships are viewed as well as how the sexual offender and the victim is viewed. Sexual violence is likely to occur in cultures that have beliefs of male superiority and social and cultural views of women as lower than men.  A 17year-old named Daphne was forcibly dragged into a car by a group of four men and was assaulted by two of them and later raped by one. The four men fit a very specific image such as wealthy, powerful and very privileged. Her case has brought much attention from the Mexican public and served for a society that has become resentful to certain pockets of Mexican society. Around early April a had judge determined that one of the accused men, Diego Cruz Alonso, was innocent of his rape crime because his actions weren’t meant “with dirty intention” towards the girl. He defined the assault as “accidental touching or playing” and stated that it would not be considered a crime because it “was not done to satisfy a sexual desire.” If a rapist only receives a slap on the wrist from those in higher power who are in charge of the punishments there is no doubt there are others who will believe they can get away with assaulting someone. If we are to exterminate sexual violence in our society the justice system must stop sympathizing with rapists and not be so merciful to those who do not deserve it. Experts say that religious traditions affect the lack of a proper legal framework to protect women. It is both tradition and lack of legal performance. Among some it has been a tradition to give women a certain kind of treatment for centuries and the elders consider it appropriate to victimize women rather than to punish the rapist. People should understand the gender imbalances including the religious can become the cause of rape culture. An effect rape culture has on young women is a victim’s self-reflection. After a rape, women have reported feeling dirty or that they thought of themselves as shameful, and believed that they had “used or damaged goods.” Women felt ashamed of themselves for what had happened and felt that they no longer fit the ideal “pure and virginal” stereotype that men want. In Egypt hundreds of thousands of women have been sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square since the Egyptian Revolution began. A large amount of these men attack the women because “they know they can get away with it” during these waves of protest. Some call it “The Circle of Hell”. Many people would agree that the sexual violence has gotten worse ever since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown because many of the attacks that happened under his leadership have been ignored. Their three laws in penal code that address sexual harassment are rarely enforced.  The stereotypes and shame that surround rape are causing more sexual crimes to be committed every day, because rapists believe they can get away with it. The term used to define what men experience in a rape culture is “toxic masculinity”. This is a gender stereotype weighing down the men in society, illustrating men as sexually driven, violent beings. A consequence of toxic masculinity is that most male rape victims don’t come forward due to feelings of shame. Male rape victims are more likely to be blamed or dishonored for the incident because they are believed to be more capable of fighting back or getting away from whoever attacks them. This goes back to cultural values of masculinity.  Women aren’t the only victims though, it very much happens among men as well. Some men are raped by other men and from that they can suffer emotional damage or loss of male identity. In many cases men have been forced to rape women but their actions are belittled or go unrecognized within programs supporting and assisting sexual assault victims. These things can happen due to the entitlements that come with being a man. Gender norms have validated men as sexual pursers with attitudes that view women low enough to objectify them. It can be argued that the growth of this culture’s silence and lack of support when it comes to female sexuality, and the acceptance of male sexuality begins in our homes. The freedom of male sexuality is assumed in our society. The number of colleges and universities being investigated for their mishandling of sexual assaults has been growing steadily since its beginning. A problem this big doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. It’s contributed to individual by individual, family by family, group by group, institution by institution.  It has been in movement long before children were even near a college age. There are very much rapes on campuses. 1-in-5 statistic that 19.8 percent of female seniors have been raped during their college years comes from an online survey conducted at two universities by the National Institute for Justice. That number combines rape and sexual assault that have been both completed and attempted. Any type of assault can include forceful kissing or grabbing.  Rape culture has existed as a concept since the 1970s, though it remains debatable to some. Those who question the currency of campus sexual assault, dismiss the idea completely.  For those who study and stay updated with the concept, rape culture is the position that allows sexual assault and rape to be so wide spread. Rape culture may refer to the country, or even world, at large, or to parts within a society, such as the behaviors and attitudes of many straight men, athletes or fraternity members. Rape culture is commonly associated with victim blaming, denial of widespread sexual assault, objectification of women and the cause of rape to appear unimportant, such as in college party themes, stand-up comedy routines or films. “In the last few years, there has been an unfortunate trend towards blaming ‘rape culture’ for the large problem of sexual violence on campuses,” RAINN said in a report it prepared for the White House about campus sexual assault in 2014. “While it is helpful to point out the systemic barriers to addressing the problem, it is important to not lose sight of a single fact: rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community to commit a violent crime. This trend has the paradoxical effect of making it harder to stop sexual violence, since it removes the focus from the individual at fault, and seemingly mitigates personal responsibility for his or her own actions.”  


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