Posted in Blog, Rape Awareness
October 18, 2018

Why is Rape So Prominent of a Crime?

Rape is a word that makes many of us cringe and, because of that, people don’t talk about it as much as they should be. The fact of the matter is, there is a lot that we need to be aware of in regards to rape, no matter how it may affect us or how we are looking to move ahead with things. How can you learn more about rape as the issue that it is and why is it so prominent of a crime in today’s day and age?

The fact of the matter is, rape is not about sex. While it is a sexual act, it’s something that a lot of people don’t realize – it’s not about sex. It’s about the power that is associated with the sexual act and how it allows the person who is in the overbearing position to be able to feel like they are in power. Inversely, it is also a way for the person seeking power to make the other person feel as powerless as they possibly can – and it definitely does that, many times for years and years after the fact.

There is so much going on around rape, and many people who commit rape are looking to get out ahead. They want to be fulfilled in whatever way that rape fulfills them and the act is, as mentioned above, completely about having power over the other person. But, what would lead them to doing that? In many cases, the person in question has something that makes them feel powerless, and that makes them angry or frustrated, and they take it out on someone in the form of sexual power. It’s absolutely wrong – always.

In relationships, rape can happen – and this is something that many people deny or don’t talk about unless they absolutely are pressed to do so. The fact of the matter is, the person that is doing the raping wants to have the power in the relationship, and that can be very detrimental and will likely end up ruining the relationship when all is said and done. While, at times, counseling can better this sort of thing, it’s common that it ends up making things much more difficult in the long run.

The power dynamic issue is one of the main reasons that it’s so important for us to talk about rape and rape awareness. We need people to know and understand what is going on with it and we need to be able to talk about it freely and safely. We want people to be educated and we want to feel as if we can talk about these difficult subjects in depth. Take some time to learn as much as you can and to see what matters the most in relation to these things – in the end, that’s going to be what makes the biggest difference as we educate each other and take care of each other as best as we are able to.