• Is Rape a Crime of Shame or Power?

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    A 15 page contention that rape is most often perpetuated for the purpose of wielding power over a victim. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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    crime. It falls right alongside other types of violent crimes in that it jeopardizes human welfare. Violent crimes in general are motivated by a number of factors ranging from  the aberrant need to control or harm another, to biological deviancy, to ideological belief, and to all points in between. Rape more so than any other violent crime, however,  can be contended to be motivated largely out of the desire of one individual somehow exert power over the other. This desire can be one of either power reassurance  or of power assertion. While victims often feel shamed by the fact that they have been raped, they must remember that it was their rapist that perpetrated this act.  While the potential victim can take certain steps to reduce their likelihood of being raped, they are in no way responsible for a rape if and when it does  occur. Definitions There are practically as  many manifestations of sexual abuse as there are people. Rape, however, is quite distinctive from most types of sexual abuse. Rape is defined by McCabe and Wauchope (2005)  as the "penetration of the anus or vagina by a penis, finger or object or the penetration of the mouth by a penis" (p. 242). Rape also occurs, however,  when a man is forced to use his penis to make this penetration (McCabe and Wauchope, 2005). While such actions as unwelcome fondling, kissing, or other non-penetrative acts are  wrong they would not technically be classified as rape under this definition. Rape in itself, however, can have a number of manifestations. 

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