How would you say rape impacts society?


In what ways, except affecting moral fiber, does it affect society on the large? Is society a victim too?

Rape impacts society by attacking the cohesion and mutual protection that makes a society.

Rape is a hate crime, expressed in the violent exercise of physical violation as a means to an end (the delivery of the hatred). Example,  the use of rape by Boko Haram members in Nigeria to press there demands.

When we allow such crimes to go without the most vigorous, the most vigilant investigation and punishment we allow for whole segments of society to be diminished – to put it more bluntly, we are saying we are ok with that.

Rape as a tool of terror and subjugation in war. If we do not punish it, we are ok with it.
Rape as a means of control and dominance in primitive and backwards – sorry, not inclined to mince my words here – societies. If we do not punish it, we are ok with it.
Even for those of us living in comfortable, established societies with laws about how often we have to cut our grass and taxes and everything, have conviction rates for rape far out of kilter with conviction rates for e.g. Grevious Bodily Harm. If we do not correct this, at the very least we are admitting it is not a collective priority and you could argue – we are ok with it.

We’ve recently – very recently – crawled out of the sewer in terms of how we handle other hate crimes: crimes of racism for example. It is about time we stopped thinking of rape as having any other characteristic other than that of being a hate crime and approach its detection and punishment accordingly.

That we do not at present do so is an acid on the bonds of society. If we are ok with it, it will continue to eat at those bonds until we no longer have a society that we would recognise as such.

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