Rape Is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming Are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis
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More than 80 percent of rapes in the United States are committed by someone the victim knows-colleagues, dates, friends, or family members. But the clichéd image of a violent stranger lurking in an alley has so distorted the media and the public's view of rape that many no longer recognize the majority of rape cases as "real" but rather as mere alcohol-fueled miscommunications. Rape Is Rape reveals how the tactics used by rape deniers-who, shockingly, include both conservatives and some self-styled feminists-endanger the rights of women, condone the behavior of serial rapists, and adversely affect victims and judicial outcomes. Through emotionally charged interviews with victims; a thorough analysis of current rape research, government statistics, and medical and judicial records; and examination of a number of recent high-profile cases, author Jody Raphael reveals how widespread victim blaming and distortion of the facts are being used to further political agendas. She outlines prescriptive measures universities, hospitals, and police can take not only to end indifference and prejudicial attitudes within their own ranks but also to fairly and effectively aid and empower victims of rape. A balanced yet poignant discussion of an issue that's been maligned and misunderstood for too long, Rape Is Rape is a call to action to protect the human rights of women and girls and end the acquaintance rape crisis. Jody Raphael, JD, is an attorney and a senior research fellow at the Family Law Center at DePaul University College of Law. She is the author of a popular trilogy of books on women, poverty, and violence.
ideological warfare.” Rarely do we hear what violence survivors have to say about the data debate. The dispute has irritated a woman who, as a child, spent four years in and out of domestic violence shelters with her mother. She challenged deniers to desist from criticizing other’s research, writing, “Your criticisms seem mighty, mighty petty in light of the true horrors that go on every day. What in God’s name are you doing to address these problems from your Ivory Tower?!” But such are the
distrust of women: “The problem here gentlemen, is that you cannot reason with an animal. Women are animals in a constant state of survival. Animals are selfish, and as such become destructive to others around them.” “I also agree with Steve ‘women are animals’ but I would go 1 step further, they are lying scheming devils with out 1 shred of moral decency, and have no capacity for love or compassion … they only ever do things out of self interest, especially in the area of sex which makes [sic]
calculated to cause confusion about his motives when Riley would later think back on the evening. He kept saying, “This night has gone so well, and you are ruining it now. You’re ruining our connection. We could have had such a good future, and you’re ruining it. I really feel strongly for you, so sex should be the natural thing.” He was saying things like, “In the winter time, I am going to take you to my place in California.” And he said, “I’ll take care of you. I’ll be the boyfriend that you
past, but the athlete had broken it off with the young woman. Later, she accepted an invitation to the athlete’s campus apartment, and they began to have consensual sex. However, according to the young woman, she asked him to stop when he began making disparaging comments to her, but he held her down. Eventually the student went to the hospital with vaginal abrasions and injuries on her face, hip, foot, knee, and both thighs. University administrators commented that the earlier sexual
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