The Topic Background: It is unfortunate that we live in a world where rape is such a common occurrence that you hear about it every day. It even more upsetting to hear the horror stories of rape victims who try and reach out to the very people who are supposed to protect them. Rape victims, primarily women, who appeal to law enforcement for their own protection are victimized all over again by the legal system that is supposed to show justice. The legal system makes the victims defend themselves as if they, not their alleged rapists, are the ones who did the wrongdoing.
Rape is a universal evil that can affect anyone of any age, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality. It is estimated that 683,000 women and 92,748 men are raped each year in the United States. So it is safe to say that even though men are being raped, women are affected more by the act. For something that primarily effects women, it is insane that men are the ones primarily defining and making laws on what is coerced sex.
Working Thesis: If men were the ones primarily affected by rape, the laws defining what coerced sex/rape would be drastically different.
Counterintuitive Note: The case of Landen Gambill, a student at North Carolina Sate University. Gambill was allegedly raped and stalked by her ex-boyfriend, and when she brought these charges up to the Honor Board (why are these decisions being made by “honor boards”? Why aren’t these cases being brought to public safety/the police?) the board asked her, “why didn’t you just break up with him when he showed signs of abuse,” and then brought up Gambill’s past history with depression. Both of these comments are irrelevant and are blaming Gambill for the alleged rape and not the attacker. Gambill is now being charged with a violation that could potentially get her expelled from the university. No, Gambill did not rape someone, she simply spoke out about this expirence. Now Gambill is being charged for “intimidating” and “harassing” her rapist, even though she never mentioned his name.
This is a great example of rape being reported by the victim to the police who victimize the victim all over again. Gambil has to defend herself against the people who are supposed to be the ones protecting her.
Topics for other papers:
- Defining what exactly rape is.
- Why rape happens.
- What does the word coerced mean?
- Examining why rape happens more frequently on college campuses.
- How we can educate on what exactly rape is.
- Why as a society we focus on educating women on how not to get raped instead of educating people not to rape.
Current state of my research paper: I’m starting to figure out what I want to do with this paper. Think are still a little fuzzy, but it is clearing up for me. Everything on top is updated with new information; even a new thesis! I have not added my annotated sources yet I’m working on it. They’ll be up soon.
Landen Gambill is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was allegedly raped by her ex-boyfriend. The university never found her ex-boyfriend guilty of the rape. Instead the university revictimized Gambill by asking her about her history of depression “why didn’t you just break up with him?” Now Gambill spoke out about her situation and is now being charged with a violation that could get her expelled for “intimidating” her rapist.
This is a great source because it expands more on my original story on Laden Gambill. The story is an on-going one and continues to expand and change almost every day. This story and source helps me expand on the idea that victims become victims all over again when they go to law enforcement for help.
Laura Dunn was a Wisconsin school student who while drinking was raped by two men who she knew and trusted. Her school took nine months to investigate the rape, leading one to graduate and one that Dunn had to constantly see on campus. Dunn’s school officials decided to not punish the one still on campus. This is the case of many cases, the men, even if found responsible, were almost never expelled. While it was the woman who ended up dropping out of school instead of facing her rapist time after time again.
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (CSVEA) clarifies the rights of the victims of sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking on campus. It requires schools to inform victims of their rights and where to get counseling and legal help. This new law is hoping to stop the revicitmizing of rape survivors. This article helps explain the story of CSVEA and shows the advantages and disadvantages of the new act and if it will change anything.
There is a common myth that the people who commit rape on college campuses are guys who made a one-time bad decision. But recent research by psychologist David Lisak, debunks this myth. After researching for over 20 years, Lisak found that about 1 in 16 men answered yes to questions such as, “Have you ever had sexual intercourse with anadult when they didn’t want to because you used physical force [twisting their arm, holding them down, etc.] if they didn’t cooperate?” or, “Have you ever had sexual intercourse with someone, even though they did not want to, because they were too intoxicated [on alcohol or drugs] to resist your sexual advances?” Lisak also found that repeat predators account for every 9 out of 10 rapes. The most unusual finding was that these rapists do not think of themselves as rapists, since they do not use guns or knives, and likely know the person they are assaulting.
This article is an incredibly useful one because of the staggering information that it shows us. I think many of us, or at least this is what I thought to be true, think that rape is committed only once by a guy. But to think that there are serial rapists in colleges opens a lot of doors in my writing. Also if there are serial rapists in colleges, there most definitely are serial rapists in the outside world.
About 3% of American men have experienced rape at some point of their lives, that’s a total of 2.78 million men. Males are the least likely to report a sexual assault because they suffer the same fear that female rape victims face, that people will believe that they were asking for it and that they enjoyed being raped. Many men believe they were not raped because they became sexually aroused by the assault, this is normal in female rape too, but those are normal involuntary physiological reactions. Men also face the belief from many that males should be able to protect themselves and, therefore, it is their fault they were raped. The article then goes on to how to deal with rape if you’re a male and what to do immediately after.
I thought this article was really great for my paper cause I needed a different viewpoint on rape. I couldn’t just focus on females and completely exclude men from the equation. The statistics I think will play an important part in my paper. I also thought it was very interesting that the paper did not include female on male rape; it only focused one male on male rape. But I still think it’s a interesting source that could only help me in my paper.
NPR found out that colleges almost never expel men who are found responsible for sexual assault. And even in schools that applied for federal grates because they wanted to do a better job of fighting sexual assault, only 10 to 25 percent of men who raped were expelled. Police also don’t get into the mix in these situations, because many campuses have their own police force that is normally not equipped to handle such an investigation. Schools typically teach their women students how to not get raped; don’t leave your drink unattended, don’t wear a short skirt, don’t get drunk. But a newer and better plan is the idea of bystander education. In which you educate everyone on campus on how to prevent sexual assault and that they themselves have a responsibility to prevent them. There’s research that shows bystander education works much better than just teaching women.
It’s some of the same old information that is in every source I could find. But I thought it was interesting when they talked about how colleges try to educate their students on rape. It insane that colleges, who are supposed to be “progressive”, are putting the blame on women when they get raped. They are not out right saying it, but when you tell women and only women how to prevent rape, and tell them to change what they’re doing cause it will get them raped, you are victim blaming. Which is what exactly what I referred to earlier in my white paper when I said that victims become victims all over again when they report their rape to law enforcement.