Rape Is A Crime Of Power And Dominance Essay

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Introduction
In December of 2014, there was an extremely controversial article published by the Rolling Stones magazine about a young woman who claimed to have been raped by multiple members of a fraternity. This article has since been proven to be false and has caused three separate lawsuits due to the names of the so-called rapists being used in the article. While false, this article renewed the discussion among political figures and media if America really did have a rape culture or not. Modern Feminists are adamant that rape culture is a major issue in the United States and proceeded to release statement after statement about where we see evidence for this. While the methods seem extreme and many are contradictory, there is a rape culture in the United States.

Background
Rape has been a crime committed among humans as long as history can record. Rape is a crime of power and dominance, the perpetrator seeking dominance over a victim. Rape has also been believed to be an horrific and unnatural act, punishable by death. In the Old Testament, the book of Deuteronomy says,
But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die: But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter: (12)

Even 6,000 or so years ago, rape was seen as wrong. We see rape even in Greek and…

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