Rapidly escalating reports of rape in the United States and across the globe have created a political crisis over the potential for an abrupt change in how rape is treated and investigated.
But while the issue has been on the political radar for months, it has received little attention in the media.
And it has been unclear whether the public, which has been largely silent about the issue, would want to see it dealt with in such a dramatic manner.
In a new op-ed, journalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert argued that rape in America is a national crisis.
“A Rape in America: An Oral History” is a collection of stories by Kolbert, former journalist Jane Mayer, author Jodi Picoult, and author Sarah Jaffe.
The op-ment, which Kolbert wrote and co-wrote with her colleague Jane Mayer and journalist Elizabeth Kolber, was published Tuesday on The New Yorker.
In her op-entry, Kolbert says that in her experience as a survivor of sexual assault, the trauma that survivors have to deal with is one that affects them every single day.
“When I speak to survivors, it is often through tears.
It is often by explaining the trauma, and often by being empathetic and understanding the trauma,” Kolbert writes.
Kolbert goes on to note that the trauma of rape can be debilitating for the survivors themselves, because “the survivor is constantly in denial.”
“It can take weeks or months for a survivor to come to terms with the trauma and how the trauma feels to them, and how it affects them physically and psychologically,” Kolber explains.
But in her op of the piece, Kolber says that the most important thing is to know that “it is not inevitable that rape will be solved.
Rape is not a joke.””
The only thing that can happen is that it will be treated as a crime,” Kolberg continues.
“If the rapist is arrested and convicted of rape, the victim may be put through years of psychological trauma and abuse and may be unable to go to school, go to work, go outside the home.
That trauma and the abuse that is suffered by survivors can and will continue to take a toll on the survivor.”
In her piece, however, Kolberg argues that the problem of rape is not solved, because the system is still built to allow rape to be covered up and blamed on the victim, which is why there is a “reluctance to acknowledge the truth.”
“There are many reasons why the system continues to allow the perpetrator of rape to remain free,” Kolbels op-eds say.
“The most obvious reason is that, while the victim’s feelings are taken seriously, the perpetrator’s victimhood is often not recognized.”
According to Kolber and Mayer, there are three major ways that rape can remain a “national crime,” even after the victim has been reported to the police:1.
“Myth: Rape is the fault of the victim,” Kolbing says.
“In the US, a victim who is raped is blamed for her own actions.
This is a myth.
It also is a lie.
In the US today, almost one in three women have experienced some form of sexual abuse, and the vast majority of those victims are women of color.”2.
“It’s a pervasive myth that rape is an everyday occurrence, that it is always on the news.
This false belief is pervasive across the country, especially among women of colour, who are most often the targets of the rape culture,” Kolbs op-ad says.
“This false belief about rape has a chilling effect on reporting and investigation,” Kol Bers notes.3.
The failure of police to investigate.
“A common response to a rape allegation is that the victim is not telling the truth,” Kolbez says.
There is a third way that rape happens, Kolbets op-ads point out, which was first discussed in a piece by Kolber for The Atlantic.
“Rape culture is an expression of the myth that women are passive objects who cannot and do not exist in a patriarchal society,” Kolbes op-adiats.
“And that rape culture has led to a criminal justice system that focuses on the victims rather than the perpetrator.”
Kolbels piece is a response to the “rescue” rhetoric being used by some Republicans, such as Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who recently said that rape survivors are “victims of rape culture” and that there is “no room in this country for women.”
Kolorbets piece also draws on a number of recent reports, including that from the University of California, Berkeley, and that of the University in Texas, where a report by the Center for Research on Sexual Assault and Rape at the University at Buffalo found that “the rates of sexual violence in the country are at or near historic lows.”
Kolorbs oped points out that it’s important to