There are two myths associated with rape.

The first myth is that rape often involves strangers when in reality two out of every three rapes involve people who know each other ( M a c i o n i s , 2 0 0 9 ) . Date or acquaintance rape is what this type or rape is commonly called. The second myth is that the victim of rape did something to provoke the rape to occur (Macionis, 2009). My understanding of these facts early on in my college career made me understand and empathize more effectively with female friends that were raped. I was able to know that the danger of rape could very well be present with someone I knew, and maybe even knew well. This knowledge of how rape often occurs led me to make better choices when dating and hanging out with friends. I think that this knowledge should be more effectively dispersed so that women and men are aware of what the exact definition of rape is. Also I think that many law enforcement officials and hospital workers need to be privy to this information. I have often heard that women who chose to report the crime or rape, were chastised by police officers or hospital employees about “why” the situation occurred. This badgering of rape victims is cruel and unnecessary and I believe it causes many women to never report these crimes. But if the officers and employees are trained in how often this crime occurs and that the women is not at fault for trusting someone maybe more women would report this crime.
M a c i o n i s , JJ . ( 2 0 0 9 ) . S o c i e t y t h e b a s i c s . U p p e r S a d d l e R i v e r, NJ: Pearson Education INC.

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