Rape Culture


What is Rape Culture?

Rape culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of men and women's bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence.

Examples of Rape Culture:
  • Blaming the victim ("She asked for it!").
  • Trivializing sexual assault ("Boys will be boys!").
  • Sexually explicit jokes.
  • Tolerance of sexual harassment.
  • Scrutinizing a victim's dress, mental state, motives, and history.
  • Defining "manhood" as dominant and sexually aggressive.
  • Defining "womanhood" as submissive and sexually passive.
  • Pressure on men to "score".
  • Assuming only promiscuous women get raped.
  • Assuming that men don't get raped.
  • Refusing to take rape accusations seriously.
  • Teaching women to avoid getting raped instead of teaching men not to rape.

How can we combat Rape Culture?

  • Avoid using language that objectifies or degrades women.
  • Speak out if you hear someone else making an offensive joke or trivializing rape.
  • If a friend says they have been raped, take them seriously and be supportive.
  • Think critically about the media's messages about women, men, relationships, and violence.
  • Be respectful of others' physical space even in casual situations.
  • Always communicate with sexual partners and do not assume consent.
  • Define your own manhood or womanhood. Do not let stereotypes shape your actions.
  • Get involved! Join a student or community group like IVP to combat forms of interpersonal violence in society.


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Last Updated: 10/15/15