“Rape prone” describes a culture in which sexual violence is common and where prevalent attitudes, norms, and behaviors excuse, minimize, and even propagate sexual violence.
In a rape prone culture:
- Sexual violence is prevalent in various forms, including sexual harassment, stalking, and sexual assault.
- There are harmful myths and misconceptions around sexual violence in areas of society ranging from our friend groups to the media.
- There are minimal consequences for sexual violence and perpetrators are not held accountable.
- People who have experienced sexual violence are afraid to talk about what happened to them and report it (1 in 10 report). Those who do report are often criticized, isolated, and blamed.
The elements of a rape prone culture do not happen separately or by chance. They feed into one another and expose why our lives are so affected by sexual violence.
Statistics Canada. Sexual Assault in Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics Profile Series, 2004 & 2007.