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Are we questioning rape in today's society? Are we seeing and hearing about more cases of rape than ever before in history? If this is so, what can be done about it? In what ways do our cultures allow this to occur?
The Health Inn for Monday July 16, 2012
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The Health Inn Guest, Ehud Sperling, will speak about this topic and everyone has the opportunity to comment and call in.
Ehud Sperling is founder and president of Inner Traditions International, one of the world’s largest publishers of books on spirituality, religion, and alternative health. He lives in Vermont with his wife and son. Author of Seven Lifetimes and Pyramid Power. Through a series of events, Ehud collaborated with Warner Books and worked with major New York publishing houses to bring mystic, occult and alternative books to a wider audience. Over the course of many decades, Ehud developed his own publishing house bringing the finest titles and authors into the public eye. As an accomplished author, videographer and photographer he has been featured on many national television shows. Ehud brings his vast life experience to our little Health Inn programming. We will be enriched by his presence. Please visit his website to learn much more.
Join us to talk about a controversial issue. Do you already have opinions about this topic of rape? Does it make a difference if you are a man or a women, a comedian or a philosopher, a politician or a home-maker, a prostitute or a student? Does talking about rape bring tears of laughter or sadness? How does it affect the lives of those who perpetrate this crime and what about the victims?
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June 2012 | A British journalist was brutally sexually assaulted in Cairo's Tahrir Square as thousands of Egyptians gathered to celebrate the nation's presidential election results.
Toronto News | Muslim preacher calls on Toronto Canada to "introduce laws that would make it illegal for women to dress provocatively." The blame for men's violence against women, he says, is the responsibility of the females. This is the type of mental thinking we have to contend with in this world.
Rape is forced sexual intercourse, including both psychological coercion and physical force. Forced sexual intercourse means vaginal, anal or oral penetration by the offender(s). This category includes incidents where the penetration is from a foreign object such as a bottle. This definition includes attempted rapes, male and female victims, and heterosexual and homosexual rape.
What is Sexual Assault?
SEXUAL ASSAULT includes a wide range of victimizations, distinct from rape or attempted rape. These crimes include completed or attempted attacks generally involving unwanted sexual contact between the victim and offender. Sexual assaults may or may not involve force and include such things as grabbing or fondling. Sexual assault also includes verbal threats.
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Does our justice system work to help those who commit such violent acts of force against another human being and the victims?
“Now, should we treat women as independent agents, responsible for themselves? Of course. But being responsible has nothing to do with being raped. Women don’t get raped because they were drinking or took drugs. Women do not get raped because they weren’t careful enough. Women get raped because someone raped them.”
― Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting ...
“I was not only a survivor, but a witness to my own survival. I saw, too, that however painful my feelings of the past year had been, The pain had not, after all, replaced other feelings, but only hidden them from sight. For traumatic experiences, "forgetting" is impossible, yet remembering is the last thing you want to do. I learned that some redemption can come from even the deepest of losses. The victims of rape must carry their memories with them for the rest of their lives. They must not also carry the burden of silence and shame.”
~ Nancy Venable Raine After Silence, Rape and my Journey Back Survivor Quotes
Rape is called "the most underreported violent crime in America"
Rapists are more likely to be serial criminals than serial murderers.
Only two percent of rapes reported to authorities are false. This is approximately the same rate of false reports for other crimes.
In my opinion rape can never be eliminated as long as question of morality is compromised with. Morality will depend on so many factors starting with family and its upbringing.
Every major religion has always preached morality issue which encompassed sexual issues.
Look at the days of " little house on the prairies" which had so many important moral issues dealt with. As the world has marched toward materialism, capitalism, and so many other "ism", morality has found its own image with passage of time.
One example, see the changes in dress code,the more scanty the more applause. These are not encouraging signs and symptoms. Sex has lost its original values, and specially in western world it has developed its own standard. Schools are open to such happenings, question is why?
Where do we go from here and where is the boundary? Only time will tell.
Dr Wequar. I hope you will join us for the show and I'm looking forward to hearing what Ehud has to tell us. Rape abounds in every culture and country, both to males and females at all ages and all levels of society and classes. It occurs within families, as well as, by strangers.