The Realities of Rape Essay

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Imagine you are a 28 year old woman, and have been working for a Wall-Street bank all day. You decide to go on a run in Central Park to wind down your day. It is a cool evening. The air is lush and Central Park breathes with the energy of New York. It is April 19th, 1989. You start your run off strong. Halfway through your run, you turn a corner and a man steps out from the shoulder. He strikes you with a tree branch. You realize he is dragging you. Everything spins. You cry out for help and howl with pain. You hit your attacker around the face. There is a struggle, but he easily overpowers you. He takes off your clothes and binds your wrists to you head. The blows do not stop. Everything goes black. When you wake up,…show more content…
Victims, rapists, rape culture, sexual assault, and date rape drugs are all key terms that are necessary to understand when dealing with rape. (Source 2)

Sometimes people rape to assert their dominance, and to keep a position of power they may have over someone. When an attacker commits rape, it is not a gesture of love, thoughtfulness, or anything of the sort. It is to humiliate someone else in order to build their own self worth. It is to dominate someone and provide a sense of power to the rapist, which can be used to threaten, and intimidate victim(s). The fear instilled by the rapist is utilized to manipulate their victims. This fear causes emotional trauma, and can severely dysfunction the victim's way of life.

Victims are the people who are targeted for rape and sexual assault. They can be men, women, or children. People are victimized from all races, genders, and sexual orientations. The rape of men is a minority, only 3% of American men have experienced rape in their lifetime. (Source 1) Rape of men is more common in the military, but it is still not seen very often. "15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12, and 29% are age 12-17." (Source 1) Sexual assault and abuse in children is very common, and it causes extensive emotional trauma. "34.2% of attackers (of juvenile victims) were family members." (Source 1) When the family members become the sexual abusers of children, it cuts off all
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