Sexism: Sexual Harassment And Rape

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Sexism: Sexual Harassment
“I was a school-going girl... One boy was pestering me to accept his love. One day, unable to bear his torture any more, I slapped him and threatened that I would make my parents report to the police. The next day he threw acid on my face when I was going to the school” (“Is It My Fault”). There are many accounts like this one of girls who have been attacked for standing up for themselves against advances from men who think only of their own needs. This creates the problem of women feeling unsafe, with the possibility of being harassed and attacked when they step foot outside. All over the world there are stories of sexual harassment and rape that have been shrugged off, and not brought to the forefront of our society
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Only recently, however, is it becoming more common to see sexual harassment and rape statistics and prevention techniques popularized in the world media. In a recent report it states that “1 out of 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime” (Rainn). Whereas “About 3% of American men- or 1 in 33- have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime” (Rainn). The difference in the number of women to men who are victims of “an attempted or completed rape” (RAINN) are night and day to each other. The ratio of men to women is so severely different that it can only be attributed to sexism, and men seeing women as objects rather than people. To really be able to compare: “1 out of every 10 rape victims are male” (Rainn), Put simply, nine women are raped for every one man. These statistics make it clear that as a whole the world needs to cut down on these large…show more content…
Femicide is still common in the world today. Femicide is the killing of a woman on account of her gender. In 2016 “69% of women were killed by a current or former intimate partner.” (Femicide Census) and “77.4% of women killed by their ex-partner or ex-spouse were killed within that first year that followed the separation” (Femicide Census). Usually the cause of femicide has roots of sexual harassment and rape. However, it is unclear the best ways to prevent rape and sexual harassment from
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