NEGATIVE IMPACT OF RAPE ON ADOLESCENCENTS 7
Negativeimpact of rape on adolescent females
Rapeis a form of brutalvictimization which is often highly underreported. The incidents ofabusehave not been given much attentionsince time immemorial. The covering or neglecting the concern aboutabusehad prevailed from when people believed that ladies had a secretdesire to be raped or to have some sexual act with their desired.Besides, at some point,people thoughtthat incident of rapecould be realistic. Thus, in certain ways,this negligence of abusehas prevailed for quite a long time in our societies. Denial aboutvictimization has indeed led to an increase of negative feelings thatrape victims experience and the reasons that make them go unreported.
Thevictims and perpetrators
Whenit comes to rape victims, there are quite a large number of groups ofthe populationthat fall victim. On average, females aged 12 and above experiencesexual harassment with about 80,700 inmates being raped every yearwhile in prison or jail (Driesmans, Vandenbosch, & Eggermont,2015). On the same note, more than 60% of all rape cases againstinmates are done by jail or prison staff. More than 40% of sexualactivities between patientsand staff are often nonconsensual (Driesmans, Vandenbosch, &Eggermont, 2015). Moreover, military members also encounternonconsensual sexual contact in various military bases and in mostcases the female officers being raped by their male counterparts. InAbout thirty years, it was discovered that child rape cases were moreprevalent than it had beenrealizedbefore, and research shows evidence started to pile up indicatingthat such kind of abuses always had negative impacts from childhoodperiod to later developmental stages.
Accordingto Collibee, & Furman (2014) self-blameis one of the commonshort and long-term consequence of rape and works as avoidanceskills which prevents or slows down the healing process which canalways becorrectedby a cognitive therapy approach referred to ascognitiverestructuring. Collibee, & Furman (2014) say that, there are twotypes of self-blame with number one being behavioral self-blamewhich is the blame based on the behaviors or actions of anindividual. The second one being character logical which is the blamebased on a character of a person. The victims who encounterbehavioral self-blamealwayshave a feeling that they ought to have done something on the matter.And those victims that experience character logical have a sensethat there must be anessentialfact which is not right and which has made them beassaulted.
Anotherphysical consequence is pregnancy which could result from rape. Therate of being pregnant is not same toall victims but rather varies with regards to a degreewhich non-barrierscontraceptives are used by the victims.Forinstance, Collibee, & Furman (2014) say that in 1982 concerningfertility and sterility, the article of American Society forReproduction Medicine gave a report that the risk that could occur tomake a rape victim pregnant is of equal measure with the danger ofdoing the same when there is consensual sex between two partners.Also, it is possible to contract sexually transmitted diseases. Jordan, Combs, & Smith (2014) say that, research on women haverevealed that females who encounter sexual abuse from their partnersor strangers are likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases.Moreover, the victims contemplate of having suicide as a way ofrelieving themselves from pain and shame they experience from theordeal.
Thereare emotionaleffects for the victims. A lady who has beensexually abusedoften seeks solace from her personal support mechanism. Nonetheless,these trusted people in his or her cocoon do not offer the neededsupport. Instead, they protect themselves from having associationwith such kind of incidents and claim that such cannot happen totheir closest people. They form hypothesesto find a possible explanantion asto why such kind of incident could have happened. They conclude thathence, even though it happenendand though the victim did not deserve such kind of experience, thevictim who is in need of their support might have exposed herself orhimself in a compromising situation which does not require recovery.Victimsof rape are more likely to find themselves consumed in anger and lossof control. For instance, Kaysen,et al.& (2014)state that,a study that was done in Ethiopia about six percent ofraped schools girls were reported to have opted for self-controla situation which made them attempt suicide. They as well, gotashamedto put in light what took place during the act since they neverwanted anybody to know what happened to them. Rapeleads to stigmatization especially when it happens in societies withstrong cultures and taboos inrelation tosex and sexuality. For example, a rapevictim who was initially believed to be virgin could observe that thesociety has rotten and damaged. Hence, the victims that come fromthese settings with strict belief can experience the pain ofisolation, fear,and distrust, which make them keep distance from their families andfriends and in return get disowned by the latter. Also, the victimscould experience traumatization with regards to the way people viewthem after the incident. They are often filled with sadness anddisbelief while blaming incorrect post-assault act.
Mostrehabilitation centers believe in empowering the rape victims.Indeed, the pain experience after rape is much to bear.Thus,people should honor the model used to analyze the outcome with theprimary aim of healing. This process though helpful, can lead tomental stress and substance abuse by the victims. It is adifficulttype of trauma which harmonizes the physical, spiritual trust and themental. Rape victims maysuffer frommental disorder, particularly when the victims are at their earlydevelopmental stage.
Oneof the aftermaths is depression. It is a common feeling that isexperiencedby the survivors of rape in the contemporary world. The signs forthis effect is sadness, unexpected cry, and change in appetite andweight loss. Victims lose a lot of energy,and find themselves with remainders of the incident (Bingenhei &Reed, 2014). The victim also has the feeling of hopelessness, a signthat he or she might be going through difficult time. Coping up withthe outcome of rape proves to be difficult and overwhelming leavingsome of the victims engaging in substance abuse such as abusingalcohol. It happens so because the victims feel that the sense ofsecurity they solely possessed had beensnatchedand abusing drugs can make one control her or his environment.
Inorder to help the rape victim,the victim needs to find the most convenient rape treatment centerand provide all the information necessary to heal the situation.Besides, the victim can report rape incidents to National SexualAssault. Several advocates and law firms have also shown interest inthe past, of representing the victims of sexual assault in court(Rowe, Jouriles, & McDonald, 2015).
Tomost people, rape is regarded as a woman’s issue, apart from thoseoccasional incidents of homosexualrape. It is often the woman who emerges to be the victim. Overtime,it has proved to be a man’s issues as well becausevictims require support from their brothers,friends, fathers and husbands.
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