Rape Culture

Rape culture describes cultural beliefs and structures of power that normalize and perpetuate sexualized violence (rape, sexual coercion, sexual assault, sexual harassment, etc). This violence manifests itself as myths, media, jokes, imagery, laws, codes of conduct, and practices that blame, shame, silence victims. Rape culture forces us to see the existence and persistence of rape and other violations of consent as normal, inevitable, and not warranting serious punishment.



Originally published on August 19, 2013 by Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault


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