Rape Culture And Sexual Assault Essay

988 Words Nov 25th, 2014 4 Pages
Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted ("RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network |"). This fact is supposed to be shocking, but as a matter of fact, it is not surprising at all considering that rape culture is prevalent in the United States. Rape culture has existed in America since the country was formed and has had very little light shed on it since. The majority of people do not realize what rape culture is, let alone do they understand the dark long term effects of it. The rape culture that exists in America is evident through how often rape and sexual assault occur on a day to day basis and then punished as minimally as possible by the courts, how it is trivialized and ignored in the media, and considered socially acceptable to joke about.
Before the country can be willing to accept the fact that is has a rape culture, it must first understand what sexual assault and rape are. Sexual assault is any form of sexual activity where one party does not give consent. Similarly, rape is sexual intercourse where one party does not give consent. Consent means both parties are informed and willingly agreeing. This is regardless of what the person is wearing or doing. Not informing the world on the real definition of rape and consent is a major factor in rape culture. Rape culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. It can be perpetuated through the use of…

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