Why do people have an issue with others stating there are varying levels of R.ap

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  1. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 8 years ago

    Why do people have an issue with others stating there are varying levels of R.ape?

    In the forums, on facebook, everywhere it seems there is debate over this after recent news. My question is why are people offended by others stating that there are varying levels of R.ape?

  2. billybuc profile image88
    billybucposted 8 years ago

    My guess is because they have never been raped and they have no clue what they are talking about. smile

    1. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am hoping you don't get fussed at for saying that. smile

    2. billybuc profile image88
      billybucposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Honestly my friend, I  don't care.  I'm tired of the insensitivity exhibited towards women regarding rape.

    3. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am too. I just wish we could all talk about it rationally so that more attention can be brought to the issues around it.

  3. fpherj48 profile image60
    fpherj48posted 8 years ago

    I'm going to have to admit to not knowing that such a concept exists, "by law," or otherwise.  However, I would be interested in knowing, (if you have any info on this) what, specifically, is actually "meant" by this phrase, "levels of rape."
    Is it possible that this is an issue, due to additional circumstance that are proven to exist, at the time of this particular heinous crime?   
    What I'm wondering is, as in cases of murder having DIFFERENT DEGREES, when individuals are charged. 
    So, could it be possible that "within the legal system,"  .....for instance, if the rapist, also beats and/or attempts to intentionally murder the victim, as well,  Or in another case, the age or physical disabilities & was kidnapping involved? etc.
    I am with all of you who state emphatically that rape is rape.....period, but if it is actually true that "levels of rape," is a term that exists and is used.....this is about all I can imagine, this would be even close to understanding.  What's your comment to my supposition?   Good to see you peeples, bill.....I've missed everyone so much!!

    1. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      For example rape to a child relative is incest, rape to a spouse is marital rape, there's sexual assault, sodomy, list goes on and on. Different states have different wording for rape while drunk. Rape is rape but there are many type. Good to see you

  4. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Because, rape is rape is rape... Giving it levels is ridiculous.

    1. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That's exactly the thought I'm trying to understand. The law gives it levels. Why is this just so taboo to say.

  5. tuteramanda profile image61
    tuteramandaposted 8 years ago

    varying levels of R.ape,varying types of rape ,do you think male is not the victim in the law is unfair?

    1. MizBejabbers profile image89
      MizBejabbersposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Tuteramanda, in our country the male can be the victim just the same as the female. It would be criminal for a raped male not to be considered a victim.

    2. DommaLeigh profile image60
      DommaLeighposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I know for a fact, that men can be a victim but it is much harder to prove when its a female that does it. Plus a man brave enough to step forward has a lot more public bullying by other men, instead of support.

    3. tuteramanda profile image61
      tuteramandaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      another reason is the evident ,women can use the residual sperm as evident ,but what about men?here are lots of sex abuse against men in china ,men can only endure because of fear of false rape accusation,despite female is the offender

  6. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 8 years ago

    The only level of rape that is somewhat controversial is "statutory rape". Part of the reason is the legal age of consent of sex (varies) from state to state. For example in Florida the legal age is 18 and state next to it is Georgia where the legal age is 16! Are sixteen year olds in Georgia (really) more mature than 16 year olds in Florida? http://age-of-consent.findthedata.org/
    Internationally the legal age of consent in France for example is age 15. In Columbia it's 12 for girls and 14 for boys. http://www.avert.org/age-of-consent.htm
    Depending on which state a teen couple has sex in a 18 year old could end up with her or his name on a "sex offenders" list if a parent chooses to prosecute. Many states also distinguish the punishment based upon the age difference. For instance if two sixteen year olds have sex in a state where the legal age of consent is age 18 that is one thing but if a sixteen year old has sex with a nineteen year old that is criminal. Therefore it's not so much that the (act) is a crime as much as the age of their body parts at the time.
    There is no distinction made on the sex offender list from molesters, violent rapist, or statutory rape.
    Many people would say age 16 is too young to give consent to have sex and yet it is not uncommon for our justice system to try 13 and 14 year old as (adults) for committing violent crimes.
    When (11 year old) Jordan shot and killed 26 year old Kenzie Houk  who was pregnant, a judge decided to try him as an "adult". Just from a logical sense: if a sixteen year old is too young to have consensual sex because they lack the ability to deal with the consequences. How is it possible that a 11 year old is capable of fully knowing the consequences of taking a life? Just a thought. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/25/y … ut-parole/

  7. mkjohnston81 profile image78
    mkjohnston81posted 8 years ago

    Saying "varying levels" is like saying that some rape cases "aren't as bad" as others, which is very, very wrong.  I work with victims of sexual assault and you just can't say what is worse, because it affects different people in different ways, but it is always traumatic. 
    On the other hand there are "different types" of sexual assault, which refers to legal definitions.  "Sexual Assault" is an umbrella term that refers to any type of unwanted sexual contact.  Rape is a specific type of sexual assault, with a very specific definition.  Likewise there are many other types of sexual assault, each with a different definition. 
    I think it is important to differentiate between "different types"  and "varying levels."  One (different types) is simply a fact of how sexual assault laws work (whether we agree with the way the laws work or not, this is still the case).  The other (varying levels) implies that sexual assaults should be compared or ranked in order to invalidate or give more validation to some people's experiences, which is horribly offensive and wrong!
    Hope this helps you understand the controversy.

    1. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. I think maybe I am just looking at this from a different point of view than many.

  8. DommaLeigh profile image60
    DommaLeighposted 8 years ago

    I think people have issue with discussing rape because they are either a victim and are ashamed or they have no idea how devastating the crime is. Rape is rape but what some say are levels of rape, is actually the different labels that are used to define rape. Rape in any form is a life changing act that most never recover from.

  9. MizBejabbers profile image89
    MizBejabbersposted 8 years ago

    Mkjohnston81 has a good explanation, but I want to elaborate just a little more because I work in the field of law. Our state has ONE law concerning rape. Rape is a class Y felony in our state. However, our law defines four degrees of sexual assault and the classes and punishment vary depending on the severity of the assault. I think that is where the misunderstanding comes in. So when people get their panties in a wad (couldn't resist the pun) over the definition of rape, they need to go online and read their state's law instead of spouting off about something they know only hearsay about.
    BTW, Dashingscoripo has some good points about statutory rape. I think that brings up a good argument as to why something so important to PEOPLE'S civil rights perhaps should not be left up to the individual states. Minors are people, too, you know.


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