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?
My guess is because they have never been raped and they have no clue what they are talking about.
I am hoping you don't get fussed at for saying that.
Honestly my friend, I don't care. I'm tired of the insensitivity exhibited towards women regarding rape.
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.
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!!
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
Because, rape is rape is rape... Giving it levels is ridiculous.
varying levels of R.ape,varying types of rape ,do you think male is not the victim in the law is unfair?
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.
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.
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
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/
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.
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.
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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