One out of every six American women has been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Rape is a crime that must be shot from extending its tentacles of agony to innocent women. Rape and suicide have recently become two almost inseparable partners which have constituted serious concern to social analysts and commentators on the violence against women. It is pathetic to know that human beings can become so callous that they would expose others to the sufferings that characterize the after-effects of rape and suicide. This callosity has consistently created a great deal of trauma for the victims of such violent acts; their lives never remain the same and they forever carry the deep-hurts against culprits and usually detached from the rest of the world. All individuals, organizations and all governments must rise up to this crisis, and fight it until culprits are prosecuted and others deterred from such crime.SOCIAL HISTORY OF RAPE AND SUICIDEIn a society that is undergoing character deterioration, what do you except? In a nation that has enormous emphasis on freedom, license and personal ‘liberty’ rights, what is next? Incidences of suicide and rape are rather increasing as a result of the generalized deterioration of values in the society. The advent of moral relativism has opened an avenue for all kinds of immorality and violence in our society; these things are raising more concerns for the general public.This is even now even traceable to similar crimes in secondary and high schools. Besides, there have also been reports that such depict a state of the society with respect to sexual promiscuity that is prevalent, the rising awareness and interest in almost or even naked ‘adamic’ dressing styles prevalent nowadays. Of note also are the activities of cult groups that encourage their members to engage in such unholy acts in order to climb higher the order of significance. Such groups also make it a duty to engage in other crimes as ways of patriotism to the Leader and as acts of ‘manhood’. What makes matters is that such groups are sponsored by highly placed personalities, who may also be involved in the eradication of the crime from the society.INCIDENCES OF RAPE AND SUICIDE AND THE MEDIARape has been a confidential issue, and as such only few cases and identities of victims are portrayed unless the victims I bold enough to accept the invitation of publicity. Many have only become aware by news, police reports and most importantly by entertainment media like movies and songs. The movie industry has done quite well in portraying the crime of rape and the aftermath of some as suicide, in real lights.New cases emerge everyday; about three rape cases take place every minute. Some of these cases are reported but most are not, because of the societal stigmatization associated with that. Really, the figures are quite alarming, and show that something has to be done about this unjust violence about the innocent gentle female folks. The issue of rape with associated suicide seems however to be on s steady state, as only few victims eventually get to release their emotions to the angry fingers of painful suicidal death. However, rape, in form of physical assault, forceful sexual intercourse, is not restricted to the female as some have also been reported males as well as children. Similarly, there have also been cases of rape in marriages.‘In women, one out of every six American women has been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. A total of 17.7 million women have been victims of these crimes. In 2003, nine out of every ten rape victims were female. While about 80% of all victims are white, minorities are somewhat more likely to be attacked. In men, about three percent of American men — a total of 2.78 million men — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. In 2003, one in every ten rape victims was male. In children, 15% of victims are under age12, 29% are age 12-17, 44% are under age 18 and 80% are under age 30’, this statistics reported by Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey of the National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998 and 2003 National Crime Victimization Survey confirm the trend of rape in the country.THE SOCIETY: RAPE AND SUICIDEThe case of violence and crime such as rape has a bad impact on the society. It is important to note that the aftermath of rape on their victims is terrible; these victims go through stages similar to grief over loss of a loved one, and are usually perpetually depressed. In cases where such victims do not find substantial support around them, their level of depression ameliorates and eventually gives in to the roaring lion called death by means of suicide. Experiences and accounts of victims show that it is difficult to overcome the trauma of rape.Worse still is the stigmatization that is attached to rape victims, just like AIDS patients; this rarely complicates the issue and worsens the matter. The character of such people is fast eroded; they begin to see themselves as of no use to the society. If they do not resort into suicide, they engage in other anti-social acts inimical to peace of others; just because they see themselves as cheated by lives. The Police increase the burning temperature of agonizing flame by some of their actions; they report the inability to locate such culprits. Their investigation bureau has really not been forthcoming in this regard.The society needs top sensitized about this crime, and preventive measures taken to correct. Some of these would include lighting of dark zones, maximum security at night clubs, cinemas, game centers and large public parties, and even schools. These places have formed the ‘cave’ where the evil is conformably performed. The Police are really doing enough to combat this crime with their complacence; judicial actions are quite satisfactory but there is still need to be more effective and speedy prosecution without bias to power would be beneficial.CONCLUSIONRape is a crime; it can be lead to a terminal disorder, suicide if care is not taken. Therefore, all hand must be on deck to eradicate it , or at best reduce the trend.REFERENCESPrevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence against Women Survey, National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998.2003 National Crime Victimization SurveyRape and suicide. Accessed from www.suicide.org/rape-and-suicide.htmlAdams Daniel, Mother’s Story of Rape. Accessed from http://www.collegiatetimes.com/news/1/ARTICLE/5908/2005-10-19.html?sid=50c9f6a91b4d3d8e01de652e78295f12
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