Rape and Extending the Sentence for Rape

782 WordsJun 21, 20184 Pages
Rape is a crime that is committed when someone is forced to have sexual intercourse through physical force or duress. “683,000 rapes occur every year” (CVS) and the national average for people accused of rape is eight years in a federal prison. Rape is a serious crime as well as other crimes but rape is considered to be a more serious and heinous crime along with murder etc. There are also different phases of rape that the victim may go through depending on how they handle it. Eight years in prison is not a good amount of time for someone to serve for what they did, all of the things that involve the process of rape should be incorporated into the sentence: force, against someone’s will, and most importantly the physical and emotional…show more content…
Factors such as PTSD should be factored into the criminal’s sentence; it is not only about the crime they committed but the aftermath of the rape in the victim’s perspective. I recently interviewed my grandmother on the topic of my paper and she agreed with the fact the national average should be raised higher because she is a woman she understand women’s morals and how rape can affect a woman. She believes that the sentence should be life, the national average should go up but not to life because you have to factor in all the things that come along with rape and how the victim recovers and feels. “The five stages of rape can break a person down to his/her lowest point” (L.Berman). The first stage of rape is the denial process, this is when they victim tries to downplay the situation or say “it was not that bad”. Some victims that are going through the denial phase often “accept that the assault happened but will not accept that is was of sexual nature” (Berman). The other stages of rape are acceptance, bargaining and depression but the main factor/phase that should be factored into the sentencing of the criminal is the acceptance. If the victim is not able to accept the fact that the rape occurred and they are able to transition back into their old lives and continue that everyday life without any ticks that would disturb them and remind them of the rape then the sentencing should not be as harsh. It all should lie in the hands of the victim.
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