The United Nations (U.N.) has a resolution qualifying the global rape issue of women and girls as a representation of weapons of war. Former U.S. Representative Todd Akin once said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Famous writer Norman Mailer was quoted to have said, “A little bit of rape is good for a man’s soul.” Men Can Stop Rape states, “Every time a man’s voice joins those of women in speaking out against rape, the world becomes safer for us all.”
Rape is a global issue and an embarrassment. Such an issue taken on by the UN may incline some to look away from their own backyards. There are numerous accounts throughout history, up to the present day, of woman and girls being raped. In addition, children, in general, and men are also known victims. Countless studies have come up with various conclusions and specialists in the field have added their thoughts; still rape is an issue.
This is a world where in many cultures, strength is still the deciding factor of who is on top. The consideration that those on top exist due to the nurturing of the ones they disrespect does not appear to factor into the equation. India, the Vatican, the U.S., Africa, and everywhere, rape is practically a given. Simultaneously, women give birth to people all over the world. There seems to be a connecting the dots issue on some level. The sensationalism of rape can create fear in the minds of females. For men, some may feel prompted to be more protective of females they know where as other males may feel it is not a big deal.
Rape Crisis – England and Wales addresses rape myths, states rape by strangers is approximately a 9 percent occurrence. On the upper end of the curve, females know 90 percent of their rapists. In addition, attractiveness, age, culture or class have nothing to do with rape prevention. Any woman can be a victim and any man can be a rapist. This is not to infer that every woman will be a victim or that every man will be a rapist.
The crisis center also says most rapes are planned ahead of time; especially rapes consisting of more than one assailant. Just as Akin thought woman can “shut it down,” there is also a false belief that man cannot control their selves once aroused. If this were true, the many cases of teens or adulterers successfully abruptly ending their sexual encounters due to unanticipated interruption would not be as common. The consensual cases appear to fall under different guidelines.
There is also the severe history of situations where women are not believed as stated in articles by US News writer Caroline Kitchens and NPR writer Joseph Shapiro. The writers address rapes in college and military settings, the sub-communities that exist in so many cities. The former situations may make one think locally forgetting that rape is a global issue. Unfortunately it might be safe to say that globally almost every individual knows at least one person who has been raped and that human may be herself.
Commentary by Dada Ra