Current news reports give serious credence to the belief that juvenile boys believe they have a natural male right to commit rape and other acts of sexual assault on young girls.
We know this because so many incidents of rape and sexual assaults by young men are recorded by them and paraded around in cell phone pictures and proudly posted on Facebook and YouTube. Why? Is it because they are stupid, sociopaths, rape as a rite of passage is baked into their DNA,or society tells them that some rape is OK?
Or maybe they have just been badly socialized by a patriarchal society and by a rape culture that contaminates even some women belief structure that Rape is a natural right that comes with being male. How else do we explain any of the acts and support for not prosecuting rapists but for blaming the victims of rape instead?
1. Senator Saxby Chambliss (Republican-Georgia) blamed the exploding problem of sexual assaults on women in the military on "the hormone levels created by nature."
2. The Senate hearing on military rapes women heard from 18 opponents of reform but only 2 supporters of reform. They did not listen to a single victim of military rape.
3. Fifteen year old Audrie Pott of California, who was raped by three 16-year old boys while she was unconscious at a party, was humiliated when pictures of the rape were proudly passed around by her attackers. She committed suicide eight days later.
4. Deric Losutter who helped expose the rape and sexual abuse of an unconscious teen girl in Stubenville, Ohio by uncovering and posting the photos and tweets of teens who witness the assault faces 10 years in prison for "hacking" while the rapists will serve no more than 2 years.
5. The website We Are Ultra Violet supports the heroic act of Mr Losutter by facilitating the sending of this message to the U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice: "Deric Lostutter helped expose the rape of a teen girl that corrupt local authorities were to sweep under the rug. Your office should be thanking him, not charging him with a crime that carries a longer sentence than the rape itself. Don't persecute Deric Lostutter.
The message young boys see and hear, though immoral and misguided, must seem very clear to them.
1. There is more shame in being raped than there is in being a rapist.
2. No one wants to ruin a young man's life merely because he raped a young girl of the same race and same or lower economic status as his.
3. Star high school athletes cannot be guilty of raping a young girl of the same race and same or lower economic status, especially if he is a small town star athlete.
4. If a rape does occur it is the girls fault or nature's fault for runaway male hormones.
5. If a girl gets raped it is because she is a slut, a whore, promiscuous, or a prostitute.
6. Men and outraged communities will shame the victim and protect young men from the awful prosecution for rape--especially if the man is from a prominent family or a star athlete.
7. Any otherwise obscene justification for raping a young girl will exonerate the young rapist--and many times over, his father, uncle, brother, and other adult males who are otherwise respected and loved by an adoring community.