Rape is one of the most painful, disempowering experiences that a person can live through. Unfortunately, we live in a world where rape is underreported. Additionally, there is a great degree of silence and misinformation about the issue. Because of these factors, many people lack the knowledge and understanding necessary to prevent sexual assault or assist survivors.
Read this article to get informed and take positive actions that make our world a safer, brighter place. Here are 5 facts about rape that many people are unaware of:
- Pornography Promotes Rape Culture :- young men and boys who frequently consume pornography were more likely to condone acts of sexual coercion. Additionally, these viewers were more likely to sexually assault another person. This was especially the case for those who viewed pornography involving a lot of violence.
We Tend To Blame The Victim, Not The Rapist.
Research studies indicate that when an individual is raped, society tends to blame the victim rather than the rapist. For example, The Guardiancites a study in which more than half of female respondents thought that there were situations in which the rape victim was to blame.
Many Popular Songs Promote Rape Culture:
Rape culture is a concept that refers to communities where sexual violence is encouraged and accepted because of the society’s views about women, men, and sex. (Learn more about rape culture here.) Rape culture promotes the notion that violence, force, and/or coercion is an integral aspect of sexual encounters.
Most Victims Know The Rapist.
Oftentimes, rape is discussed as a form of unwanted sexual violence that takes place when a stranger attacks a woman in a dark alley. While this can happen, studies indicate that this is not the way that rape generally unfolds. As noted byRAINN, 7 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone who knows the victim.
Most Sexual Assaults Occur In Or Near The Victim’s Home.
RAINN reports that most rapes (55%) are completed at or near the victim’s home.