Is Rape socially acceptable?


July 27, 2012 by Vicki

When did rape become socially acceptable? We have Anita Sarkeesian being threatened with rape for daring to post a criticism of video games? We have judges punishing the victims of rape with a silence injunction.  We have frequent references to rape in popular tv series such as Game of Thrones. So, I have to ask again, when did rape become socially acceptable? Women have fought for years to have rape recognized and punished as a crime. We have also fought for society to recognize that rape is never the victim’s fault. Consequently, the trends scare and worry me. What worries me more is the lack of general reaction. Yes, we run to the support of the victim after it happened. But, we allow the videos of the assault to spread across the internet. People watch these videos.

We also need to recognize that it is not just women who are affected by rape. The Sandusky trials put this fact quite nicely into the spotlight. The Sandusky trials also, however, show the leaders of a football organization choosing to do nothing against rape. Why? Money, obviously, plays a part. Sandusky brought a lot of money back into Penn State. Embarassment that their prestigious college could be involved in such a disgrace? Certainly. But if it had been a socially sanctioned crime, such as murder, would they have allowed it to continue for 15 years?

2 thoughts on “Is Rape socially acceptable?

  1. Kate says:

    You compared rape to murder, and it is a legitimate comparison for rational, caring human beings. But perhaps when money and prestige enter the picture, it is possible to forget that rape is destroying a life, if not completely taking it. A person will never be the same, some never recover from this horrible invasion. YOu are also right to say that it is scary how we close our eyes to so many infringements of rights and even hard-fought-for laws that are being constantly committed.

  2. Lerris says:

    I did have a lot to say here, but changed my mind. I’ll just go with my initial thought of ‘it isn’t’ and leave it at that.

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