Today dating violence and rape have become a prominent topic amongst teens and young adults.As young adults we are often faced by the harsh reality of how people can often be taken advantage of or abused with in a relationship that they have placed a certain level of trust in.Thankfully today, unlike times before, there is more verbalization and education about the topic.
“Research indicates that alcohol consumption is associated with engaging in sexually aggressive behavior” (Gross, Bennett, Sloan, Marx & Juergens, 2001), this statement displays only one of the reasons that dating violence occurs, the other I feel can not be blamed on the use of a substance, the other is a person’s natural ability to decipher a right action from a wrong one.
I don’t feel that placing all of the blame on being intoxicated completely rectifies a person’s action when they have violated someone in such a way.
It simply comes down to right and wrong, whether a person makes morally good responsible decisions, or whether they are the type of person who is willing to take advantage of another for their own personal gain and pleasure.
But still, even today, society unconsciously places blame, and unfortunately it is often on the victim. Is it just women who are raped, or do men feel as if there are times they have been taken advantage of as well?
A common view of rape victims, that is still true in today’s society, is that they have done something to deserve the crime that has been committed on them.
Society’s view of victims of rape most often has an accusatory undertone to it.
People look at the victim as if they did something to deserve the rape, that they must have provoked the other person to receive such treatment.
Due to the fact that rape is solely based on the word of a person, people become skeptical and cynical when dealing with a rape case.
When a man rapes a woman, and the woman is drunk, it is still considered rape.