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Historical Facts about Rape

The act of rape has a long history. From ancient times to the present, societies have understood its malicious power and significance. Rape has been used in various instances. Throughout history, conquering soldiers would rape conquered women. Husbands would rape wives. Strangers would rape random women.

Ever since societies formed, they have various ways to deal with rape. Some societies did not see rape as a crime; they believed that men had a right over women and women’s bodies. Other societies have varying degrees of punishment for rape. And some societies even punished women for instances of rape.

One of the common themes throughout history has been that women who are raped feel embarrassed or shamed after being raped. Rape has caused shame for women who have been raped, while men have often been able to get away unscathed and unaffected in society. Such a double standard has persisted for centuries, if not longer.

Fortunately, many of people’s perceptions about rape are changing, although slowly. Many countries, such as the United States, Canada, European countries, and many others, no longer see rape as anything for women to be ashamed of and punish men severely for rape. In many parts of the world, however raped women continue to be ashamed about being raped, and societies continue to outcast them.

Contact the Austin Criminal Defense Attorneys

In the United States, rape is not tolerated and is considered a crime. Such intolerance of rape helps create a society in which women can feel safe. For more information about rape and rape laws, contact the Austin criminal defense attorneys of Ian Inglis by calling (512) 472-1950.

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