A Call to Action: Stop Normalizing Rape Culture!

A Call to Action: Stop Normalizing Rape Culture!

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
Katherine Diane Ribaya started this petition to President Rodrigo Duterte and

Rape culture is a sociological concept for a setting in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality. Behaviors commonly associated with rape culture include victim-blaming, slut-shaming, sexual objectification, trivializing rape, denial of widespread rape, refusing to acknowledge the harm caused by sexual violence or some combination of these. This culture has been prevalent in some areas all over the world such as India, Pakistan, and South Africa, which resulted in a drastic change in people's livelihood and how they perceive gender and sexuality. 

Over the years, rape culture has caused countless effects on both men and women. Yet, the effects on these genders differ greatly. The effect rape culture has on young women is a victim's self-reflection. After a rape, women reported feeling dirty, thought of themselves as slutty, and believed that they had "used or damaged goods." Women felt ashamed of themselves for what had happened and felt that they no longer fit the ideal "pure and virginal" stereotype that men want. Women's belief that they were somehow rotten and their feelings that no one would want to be with them after the rape created feelings of depression and anxiety amongst victims. Along with this were people believing women who had "allegedly been raped" were "asking for it" because of how they were dressed or their flirtatious behavior. As for men, the effect of rape culture includes the idea of "toxic masculinity." When males are the victims of sexual assault, people don’t normally believe it and that it cannot happen to males as normally they are the perpetrators that engage in the rape. When men come forward and report the assault, they are often met with dismissal and rejection by authority figures and medical practitioners. After a male has experienced a sexual assault, there have been many reported incidences of negative effects such as suicidal thoughts, depressive episodes, sexual dysfunctions, feelings of self-worthlessness, extreme anxiety, and guilt which end up putting a strain on their future relationships. This shows that females and males have similar reactions when observing the trauma that is associated with rape victims however, how people treat rape trauma of these genders is not the same.

Thus, no man or woman of all ages is safe in such situations. By this, it is a must that we put rape culture to an end for the sake and safety of all people's human rights. Through the unity of both our voices and actions, we can start the change we wish to see in this world. 

#StopRapeCulture #SaveHumanRights

 

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_culture

 

 

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!