Believe It or Not, It is Rape
If a woman does not fight back, it is not rape. If a woman gets drunk at a party and cannot talk, it is not rape. If there is not a clear distinct no voiced by the woman during intercourse, it is not rape. If the woman took drugs, it is not rape. If a pregnancy results from sex according to the British text, Fleta, “Without a woman’s consent, she could not conceive.” Men never say no, men never get raped.
These are all commonly understood definitions of rape. Before rape was even criminalized these were agreed terms on what rape is and is not. These definitions that men have created further hurt and re-victimize the victims of the crime.
Rape can happen in any place, anytime, and to anyone. Rapists can be husbands, boyfriends, friends, neighbors, or strangers. Rape is a violent crime that can affect a person for the rest of their life. These life-changing effects can range from an abusive relationship with drugs and alcohol to contemplating suicide. An astounding 89,000+ cases of rape are reported in the United States each year, but only 3% percent of rapists will see the inside of a prison.
Rape happens when both parties do not give consent during sex. If a person tries to fight off sex, it is rape. If a person is abusing drugs or alcohol and has sex, it is rape. If they say no, then it is rape. Rape can cause pregnancy. Both men and women can be victims of rape. These are the actual definitions of rape. These definitions do not re-victimize the already suffering victims. To educate the masses is to help prevent such crimes from happening in the future.
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