David P Rankin
18 March 2008
Violence in America: Topic Paper 2
Rape, by definition, is still not up to terms with today’s society.
According to the
dictionary; rape is unlawful compelling of a woman through physical force or duress to have
However, as we are all well aware rape is not limited to only women, but
only recently have men who have been raped began coming forward. While rape committed by
men to women is a highly unreported crime, male on male rape is even worse. Do either “ask for
trouble”, the sociological answer would be no. An individual, man or woman does not ask to be
raped, by what they are wearing, however they act or what they do or say. The psychological
answer however, may be much different.
I cannot speak for rapists or rape victims, as I have never been, nor plan to be; either.
Through research and class work in the field I can better understand the crime, the perpetrators
and the victims themselves. In almost half of all reported rape cases, alcohol is involved, while
less than 30% of rape cases involve alcohol consumption by neither party.
psychological aspect, a hindrance of the senses due to alcohol or drug use can lead to a mixed
interpretation of the signals either party is sending out. What an individual is saying or doing up
to a certain point, even including foreplay, may be legal, but no is no, and anything further
following that point is legally rape. Vulnerable situations are key to solving sexual assault
crimes, where the victim had been in the hours previous to the attack will lead, in almost every
case, to finding the attacker. This investigative procedure could lead to doubt on the victim,
whether they were out at a bar drinking in the hours previous, or involved in other sexual