High Profile Crime : Paul Bernardo And Karla Homolka

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High Profile Crime: Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka Throughout Canada’s history, we have seen some very deviant and high profile crimes. A series of crimes that struck me as exceedingly nauseating are the crimes committed by Paul Bernardo and his wife and, accomplish Karla Homolka in the nineteen nineties. Although the act of rape is considered to be extremely deviant, a prevalent ‘rape culture’, and within it victim blaming, has caused the characteristic of being a rape victim to also be deviant. A similar budding societal view is that women somehow ask or deserve to be raped by the way they dress or behave. After looking at various sociological perspectives, it tells us that cultural myths and economic and gender inequality help lead…show more content…
A wide body of research finds that sixty to eighty percent of all rapes and sexual assaults are committed by someone the woman knows, including husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends, and ex-boyfriends, and only twenty to thirty-five percent by strangers (Barkan, 2012). This is a very fitting statistic that shows the medias portrayal of alleyway rapists is not always the case. The public image of rape is the stranger attacking a woman in a dark alleyway. While these rapes do occur, most rapes actually happen between people who know each other. (Ravelli, 2010) When Karla Homolka was brought to the hospital after Paul Bernardo beat her viciously with a flashlight, he was brought to jail and then released on bail. She was not safe from Paul 's deviant needs. One and three women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime (Sacha, 2016). Subsequently, his DNA was finally matched with the ones from the Scarborough rape cases. Paul was arrested for the Scarborough rapes and the murdering of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French soon after. Homolka was compliant with the police in order to get a reduced sentence she described herself as a battered wife who was forced to be apart of Paul’s darkest wants, and who lived in constant fear of him. However, a search of their house discovered a list of the Scarborough rapes, books of

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