Sexual Assault And Sexual Assaults

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Abstract Sexual assaults are a crime, and can happen to a female or a male. In this paper I’m going to share my research of what is sexual assault, what are some causes of sexual assault, and most importantly what are some ways to prevent a sexual assault. Introduction “I felt his hands start to move down towards my shorts as if he was trying to unbutton them or pull them off. I was still crying at this point and felt so scared that I couldn 't move” (Henneberger). This was written by a freshman in college after she had been sexually assaulted, but her words are true for many other college women across the country. Statistics say that, “every two minutes in the United States, someone is raped, and the chances of being that victim are…show more content…
The influence the people of power have in often hidden in today’s society because it has become so interlaced in our culture. It begins at an early age and seems innocent, but these gender socializations, values, and teachings generate myths about rape and spread a rape culture that is widespread on most college campuses across the country. The Problem with Supportive Rape Culture Fitzgerald and Lonsway define myths of rape as “false but persistent beliefs and stereotypes regarding forced sexual intercourse and the victims and perpetrators of such acts” (Kahlor). These rape myths include opinions that women who act or dress offensively are asking to be raped, or women who claim to have been raped when they later regretted having consensual sex. While it may be a common myth that some women lie about being sexually assaulted, “the fact is that only 2% of rape reports prove to be intentionally reported falsely” (Bohmer). An additional flagrant myth about rape is that no actually means yes, and that being raped is what some women secretly want. Although there a many myths about rape that are related to the rape victim and what she was doing and wearing, there are many myths about rape that define the rapist and create false images on what people actually commit rape crimes. An example of one of those myths is that “rapists are sex-starved, insane, or both” and that the action of rape is strictly a passion crime (Iconis). These assertions provide many
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