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Rape Is An Abomination That No Civilised Society Can Tolerate

Aug 17, 2007
Even though rape involves forced sex, rape is not about sex or passion. Rape Is Rape and sadly is an everyday occurrence. A single act of rape is barbaric but it would be naive to assume that rape just involves squalid acts of sexual assault in dimly lit alleyways late at night.

Rape is no longer just the stereotyped gun-to-the-head or knife-to-the-throat situation, contrary to what a large portion of the population believes but an ever growing proportion of rapes and sexual assaults are carried out by attackers who are known to their victims.

Funny that is it not? Or rather not funny but in a macabre and sordid way, slowly but surely the lid is being lifted on what has hitherto been viewed as merely a womans problem.

To many, rape is exclusively a mans abuse of power against a woman. Rape is forced, unwanted sexual intercourse. Fact: Rape is a big deal.

Rape is a very personal and intimate traumatic experience. Reporting a rape is difficult, and can be embarrassing, shameful, hurtful, frustrating, and too often unfulfilling. The true victim of a rape is the girl who said no all along.

Ask any victims of sexual assault or rape about the mental scars they carry and sadly all too often you will find that these scars are there for life. For the rape victim, escape from the horrors of what befell them is very rarely an option.

Rape is not about sex to the rapist; it has to do with control and power. But in this entire emotional outpouring let us not try to diminish what this is all about. It is not enough when the authorities are involved and the entire issue revolves around whether the rape or assault was completed or attempted.

Attempted rape is still a serious crime and should be reported. As a result, rape is seen, if at all, as a women's issue. The phrase sexual assault can be misleading because rape is not really about sex.

About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30.

Now take a little time, think and study those figures. If you are a rape victim and you are in your teen that is a life sentence you are now carrying for something that was not your fault. Is it any wonder the hidden appalling consequences of rape can include mental and social difficulties that can impact on the wider family circle of the victim?

Many rape victims experience what is referred to as Rape-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (also called Rape Trauma Syndrome).

Rape is called the most underreported violent crime in America. So forget about the so called bling bling culture of glamour, drugs and armed crime. Americas most violent crimes are sometimes being carried out right under the noses of the most sophisticated and middle class neighbours. In towns and streets that you would not believe

Rape is an everyday occurrence. A single act of rape is barbaric. Rape is not about sex to the rapist; it has to do with control and power. Rape is truly an abomination no civilized society can tolerate.

The bad news is that the reality of rape is not simple.
About the Author
Steve Morgan writes about a number of social based issues such as
helping victims of rape, Rape victim
advocates and helping to create resources for the prevention of sexual assault.
More information can be found at
http://www.hetookitaway.com
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