When Sex Goes Wrong: Rape

Rape:

“Rape occurs when one person forces another person to submit to sexual activity such as intercourse or oral-genital sex.”

Although it usually applies to a male forcing a female, rape can be said occur when members of either sex are forced into sexual activities without their consent.

Most people think of rape as a rare crime committed by strangers. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both counts.

In fact, rape occurs far more frequently than is commonly thought, and rapists are typically acquaintances of their victims.

Although it is hard to obtain reliable estimates, most research suggests that there is a 14 to 25 percent chance that women will be the victim of a rape during her lifetime.

Furthermore, more than half a million sexual assaults are directed against women each year in the united states.

Furthermore, a national survey conducted at 35 universities revealed the startling finding that one out of 8 female college students reported having seen raped.

Date Rape:

Among the women who had been raped, about said the rapists were first dates, casual dates, or romantic acquaintances a phenomenon called date rape.

Girls in high school also suffer both sexual and physical abuse:

In one survey,9 percent of 14- to 18-years-old girls said they had been forced into sexual activity by a date, and in more than half of those cases the incident had been accomplished by hitting, slapping or shoving.

Women in some segments of society are more at risk for rape than are others. Although the likelihood of sexual assault is considerably lower among Latino women in comparison to non-Latino white women, the rate for black women is slightly higher in comparison to white women. Such racial differences may stem from differing cultural views of women and male dominance.

Although on the surface it might appear that rape is primarily a crime of sex, other types of motivation also underlie the behavior.

In many cases, the rapist uses sex as a means of demonstrating power and control over the victim. In such cases, there is little that is sexually satisfying about rape to the rapist, the pleasure comes from forcing someone else to be submissive.

In other cases of rape, the primary motivation is anger. Sexual behavior is used to show the male rapists rage at women in general, usually because of some perceived rejection or hurts that he has suffered in past. Such rapes are likely to include physical violence and degrading acts against the victim.

Some rapes are based on a desire for sexual gratification. Some men hold the attitude that it is appropriate and desirable for them to actively seek out sex. To them, sexual encounters represent a form of “war” between the sexes with winners and losers and violence is sometimes considered an appropriate way to obtain what they want. According to their reasoning, using force to obtain sexual gratification is permissible.

Finally, there is common, although unfounded, societal belief that many women offer token resistance to sex, saying no to sex when they mean yes. If a man holds such a view, he may ignore a women’s protestations that she doesn’t want sex.

The repercussions of rape are devastating for the victims. During a rape, women experience fear, terror, and physical pain. Later, victims report shock, disbelief, panic, extreme anxiety, and suspiciousness, reactions that are sometimes intensified by implications that somehow the victim was to blame because of her style of dress or her presence in the wrong neighborhood.

psychological reactions:

The psychological reactions to rape are no different whether it is date rape or rape by a stranger. These feelings may continue for years, even though the victim outwardly appears to have recovered. However, immediate psychological intervention, such as that provided by rape crisis centers, may be helpful in diminishing the long-term reactions to rape.

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