Recently, Snehlata Shankhwar, a biology teacher from an Elite Government School Kendriya Vidyalaya, accused women of inviting rapes through their make-up and revealing attire. During her lecture, she mentioned that women like Jyoti Singh, the unfortunate victim of the Delhi rape case, give out an open invitation to men around, when they walk out at night.
Well, she is not the first person to have made such ridiculous statements about rape. We have had many other politicians who have displayed their ignorance.
Before entering into any further debate, here under are a few facts about the reason behind the sexual violence, as per clinical psychologist Nicholas Groth and other researchers.
Anger Rape: For these rapists, sex is a weapon to defile and degrade the victim. Rape constitutes the ultimate expression of their anger and their goal is to humiliate and hurt their victim.
Power Assertive Rape: For these rapists, rape becomes a way to compensate for their underlying feelings of inadequacy. The intent of the power rapist is to assert their competency.
Gang Rape: In our society, sexual aggression is often a defining characteristic of manhood in the group and is significantly related to the wish to be held in high esteem. Research also suggests that men with sexually aggressive peers are also much more likely to report coercive or enforced intercourse outside the gang context than men lacking sexually aggressive peers. Gang rape is often viewed by the men involved, and sometimes by others too, as legitimate, in that it is seen to discourage or punish perceived immoral behavior among women, such as wearing short skirts or frequenting bars.
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