Rape & Rape Culture

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Image by WomanStats Project (http://www.womanstats.org) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Rape is a global problem. It is not going to disappear from all cultures and societies. It is a part of oppression meant to control, humiliate and destroy its victims.

Too many times, people who are entrusted with the care of vulnerable children or adults are the perpetrators of this crime. The priests in our churches, the police on our forces, the faculty at our schools and the leaders of service groups are all assumed to be people we can trust – yet we see over and over again how some individuals will slip through the cracks. When this happens, it is our children who suffer, most times with scars that will affect the individual the rest of their life. Until we start prosecuting each and every one of these people to the fullest extent possible with the harshest sentencing being the result, we will not see an improvement in our societies that creates the cycle of abuse and victimization for subsequent generations.

The Steubenville and Marysville rape cases has\ve brought national attention to the long awaited conversation needed in American society: the perpetuation of rape culture. Most recently, a Grand Jury indicted four adults associated with the case in Steubenville, while small towns across our nation continue the same reprehensible behavior demonstrated in Ohio. When will we focus seriously on a conversation that encourages us to actually enforce the law, as is finally being done in Steubenville?

Image courtesy of Ms. Foundation for Women

Image courtesy of Ms. Foundation for Women

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About MNgranny

An activist since the age of 17, MNgranny embraced the Occupy Movement from its beginning. After earning a BA in Mass Communications and enjoying a 30 year career, she is now disabled and dedicates her life to changing the world for the next generation. Her experiences include volunteering in community service organizations and taking leadership roles throughout her academic and professional life. She is also a survivor of rape and domestic violence, a published author and a master naturalist. She has focused for the last several years on studying Middle East geopolitical impacts, and specializes in Kurdish history, culture and politics.

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