Police in Richmond, Calif., believe that more than a dozen people may have either watched or participated in a vicious rape of a 15-year-old Richmond High School girl that lasted for more than two hours. -- ABC News
Where the hell does one begin? Gang rape seems to be a growing topic in the news lately... this story out out Hofstra University (which turned out to be consensual, but the simple fact that any of those young people though that a "gang-bang" was a great idea boggles the friggin' mind), and you may or may not have heard about this one...which literally left me sleepless for about a week.
Obviously, this type of brutality is not just a problem in the US. Rape has been used as a form of warfare in other countries for years and reading this recent story out of South Africa will make you cry. But we're not accustomed to hearing stories like this in the United States, though certainly many rapes probably go unreported due to the victim's fear of being stigmatized.
Why is this type of behavior among young boys becoming common place? As it turns out, I'm working on a presentation for the Long Island Academic Counselors Conference on how media shapes our kids' morality. One of the studies I came across explores how violence in music and media can skew boys' view of rape as an immoral act. In other words, if they're seeing/ hearing about violence perpetrated on women on regular basis, they may eventually begin to accept it as a normal thing.
Sound crazy? How's this sound?
"Aint no fun "--Snoop Dogg feat. Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Warren G [warning: explicit lyrics]
Rapelay Video Game -Players stalk and rape a mother and her daughter
Grand Theft Auto Video Game- players can have sex with a prostitute then(if they feel the urge) kill her.
All very well known, completely accessible to and just a taste of what kids are exposed to on a regular basis.
Despite the insanity of recent headlines, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that Sexual assault has fallen by more than 60% since 1993, which is great news, but I'd be interested to learn about how these recent events are impacting those numbers.