Rape Culture And Rape Myths

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As kids we were taught about “stranger danger;” we were taught to protect ourselves from strangers and as we got older, females were told to protect themselves from getting raped. In this paper, I will discuss how living in a rape culture affects women and men, how does rape myths affect society and how we can change the negative effects of living in a rape culture and rape myths. In order to understand this, we must first define what rape is.
Rape is unwanted sexual attentions or actions that are directed to a person. Rape can happen to anyone but it is most common to happen women. Rape happens to women around the ages of 16-24 and it is “considered to be at the greatest risk of sexual assault” (Aronowitz, Lambert, & Davidoff 2012). Also 1 in 5 “American women survive rape or attempted rape” (Maxwell 2014) and 1 in six men are abused before they reach the age of 18 (Maxwell 2014). Lastly, the victim is most likely to know or be related to their attacker (Aronwitz, Lambert, & Davidoff 2012). As we can see from the data above, rape can happen to anyone, not just women. Though because everyone has this misconception that rape is only for women and that women wanted to be raped has created “rape myths.” Rape myths originate from a rape culture. A society only becomes a rape culture when “rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture” (“Rape Culture,” n.d.). The United States is a rape culture because of

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