Why do we rape?

In 2016 there were been 260 rapes reported that were unfounded of men and women who have been raped in Oakland. Also there was 11.2% causes of rape  in 2016 that have not been addressed or have been just pushed to the side because ¨it’s not as important¨ to our government and system. For those who are not as sure what rape is, it’s when men or women force someone to have sex without their permission. This blog is being written for two reason, one to empower women and for men to listen and make change.

Empowering Women

 

Firstly to empower women, women need to remember not to doubt themselves when it comes to rape and men need to recognize how they are impacting women and making them doubt themselves. An anonymous interviewee from Oakland who is female that was raped about 7 years ago stated, “Ever since it happen I always said ‘it was my fault’ ‘what if I wasn’t there’ ‘why did this happen to me’. I shouldn’t have done that because it put me in bad mood like i was rude as hell to people I loved and care about´(Anonymous Interviewer). This quote is showing how women doubt themselves and say that being raped is their fault. An important part of this statement is  ¨what if I wasn’t there¨, that sticks out because a person shouldn’t have to think “if I go to this place will I get raped.” Men should really pay attention to this because while a person is out there stereotyping women because they have “power”.

 

Secondly, women need to remember to speak out about their stories because so many are not addressed. When they speak out about their stories it would help others speak out about theirs and feel empowered. It might be scary at first but writing it out can be a healing process. Additionally, In the article ‘I was raped as a student – and I’m not the only one’ talks about how Hannah Price was raped in college but never talked about it until  she saw a post on social media which was three years later. Price confesses, ¨As a student journalist, I searched for a long time for a way to bring this issue of sexual assault and harassment on campus into the spotlight but, like me, no-one was comfortable enough to speak out publicly.After reading an article about two incredibly brave rape survivors in India who maintained their anonymity by using social media…¨ (Price). This quote is showing how that seeing other stories about being raped can encourage to speak out about your story. To show other people that they are not the only one who has been through this situation and can have other people to relate to.Women shouldn’t have to feel like they are alone is this because they aren’t, instead they should use their experiences to heal scars and empower themselves and other women .

 

Listen Up Men to Make Change

To my men out there this is where it is really  time to pay attention. to make a change. Beverly Velasco who is an Alternative in Actions employee and has been working for Life Academy after school for three years in Oakland   stated, “If I was raped I would feel like crap and ask why did this happen to me and would want to give revenge because if someone does something to me I would like them to feel my pain or make a movement” (Velasco). This shows how someone who has not been raped but are thinking about the chances of it happening and how it would impact them. This is important for people to notice and make a change because if this is not  stopped now rapes will continue and more people will feel how Beverly Velasco would feel if she was raped. Additionally, In a article titled, “Rape, the Most Intimate of Crimes” by Mary Dickson in 1996, though 22 years ago is relevant to rapes currently, Dickson speaks out, “Most women live in fear of incidents like this. We feel at risk because we are. We know the statistics. By some estimates one out of four women will be the victim of sexual assault in her lifetime”(Dickson). This shows how when a woman is raped the man leaves a big impact on the rest of their life but if rapes stop  people’s lives would include less trauma.This is why men should start to make a change because of the stories they hear from women who have been impacted and who hasn’t.

In conclusion, Rape is not talked about and  recognized as much as it should be and just pushed away as if it’s not important. This stigma is hurtful for everyone and because of it the problem does not go away. This blog is being written for two reason, one to empower women and for men to listen and make change.

 

Work Cited

 

Anonymous. “Interview on Rape.” 10 Dec. 2018. This person chose to be anonymous because of their experience they did not want others to ask questions and feel overwhelmed. This is credible source because they have an been impacted by this experience and can give advice on how to deal with going through this.

 

Dickson, Mary. “Rape, the Most Intimate of Crimes.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 1996, www.pbs.org/kued/nosafeplace/articles/rapefeat.html. Even though it was published in 1996, its still a credible source because Mary Dickson is be braving and talking out about her experience and how it impacted her. Its also credible because what happened to her 23 years ago its still happening in the future.

Price, Hannah. “’I Was Raped as a Student – and I’m Not the Only One’.” BBC News, BBC, 6 Mar. 2018, www.bbc.com/news/stories-43258170. This is a credible source because Hannah spoke out about her story from hearing someone else story after some years after her being raped. She also helped other speak out anonymously about their stories.

 

Velasco, Beverly. “Interview On Rape.” 13 Dec. 2018. This interview was about rape. This person is a credible source because she knows someone who has had this experience and had knowledge on how people who have been through this.





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8 Comments
  1. Thalia 3 months ago

    I really liked this blog post because it was very informative and addresses an issue in society that shouldn’t be overlooked. It is so important to share survivors’ stories to raise awareness. It is also important that you emphasized that it is not the victims fault that they were raped, and they need to be protected. This blog talks more about this topic as well- http://fight4victims.home.blog

  2. Raeesah 3 months ago

    Dear Kayla,
    I appreciate your post on rape culture. It is really informative and inspires me to talk more about this topic. In fact, my teammates and I actually have a blog dedicated to ending rape! Please check it out.
    https://fight4victims.home.blog/

  3. Max 3 months ago

    This was a solid blog post. Keep up the good work. I am impressed by the extensive research you did with your works cited list. Check out my blog here: https://arp.video.blog/

  4. Ali Reno 6 months ago

    Kayla,

    Your blog is very impactful and thoughtful. I agree with you that rape is not addressed enough in our society. Your interview with the woman that was rape 7 years ago was quite meaningful because she said the same things that we all hear are the reactions of women who have been raped. I would be interested to know if you know how women can begin to heal from such a traumatic experience. Healing is very important – it isn’t fair for a woman to have to carry the burden of that trauma.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts Kayla!

    Take care,

    Ali

  5. Dylan (From UCR) 6 months ago

    I admire your capacity for empathy, and respect your approach on a critical topic such as this. Raising awareness about rape and the impacts it has on people is very important, and unfortunately not talked about enough due to being considered inappropriate or taboo by society. Even so, spreading information like this is very important, and youth need to be aware of these issues. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, rape is the most under-reported sexual assault, where 63% of cases are not reported. That number is far too high and presents a danger to the general public for people of all lifestyles and ages.
    As someone of your age- where discussing this in school can be an issue- how would you go about trying to educate your peers about this? Would you attempt to lead a presentation on this in the school? Meaning, would you publicly advocate within your school? Or, would you launch a campaign in your personal life outside of school?
    What would you want to do, and what do you feel comfortable doing? I’d love to here your response.

  6. Tania 7 months ago

    Dear Kayla, I am really empowered by your poem because you have really clear statements about how men should start realizing their actions and how females should love themselves although they were scarred and how they should open up about it because they are not alone, if anything people would support them. I think overall you chose a good topic one that is important to you, and you are completely right people don’t talk about rape nowadays like it isn’t an important topic. I’m glad you brought this specific topic up because you want to bring awareness to this issue and writing about it will get people to hear your voice and your story. Keep up the good work, you have a powerful mind.

  7. Ashley 7 months ago

    Dear Kayla,

    I am surprise and sad about your blog “Why”, because this blog can be touching for women that got raped and they maintain their silents. One sentence that stood out for me was, “Secondly, women need to remember to speak out about their stories because so many are not addressed. When they speak out about their stories it would help others speak out about theirs and feel empowered”. This sentence stood out to me because women that got raped don’t need to hide their stories. They need to share out with other people so they can feel empowered and motivated. I do agree with you because there is rape in Oakland happening and you addressing this problem is really helpful for other people. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it’s really helpful and interesting topic to write about.

    Sincerely,
    Ashley

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      Kayla 7 months ago

      Thank you for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said that my blog could motivated women to speak out about their stories because this is the main reason I wrote my blog about this. A question I have for you is do you think my blog would help people speak out.Look forward to hearing back!

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