Throughout time sexual violence has been and continues to be a most deeply rooted cultural phenomenon. Myths surrounding rape in particular and sexual violence in general continue to place a premier emphasis on how and what a victim (most often female) might have done to “bring-on” such offences. And yet, at their core, rape and all forms of sexual assault are acts of violence and aggression committed by criminals with a pathological compulsion for power and control. Importantly, rape and sexual violence are not matters of singular indiscretions or even sexuality, but rather are tools used to intimidate and exert dominance over others. Given the social stigma and power differentials associated with gender, sex, sexuality, and rape for both women and men, this is ...

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