ERIC Number: ED192973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Rape Within the Hispanic Family Unit.
Because problems such as rape are often viewed as personal concerns of "la familia" there is great tendency on the part of Hispanics to accept this crime as something that must be resolved without intervention from the police, the hospitals or the courts. Seldom will much needed therapy and auxillary type services be sought due to the extreme sense of embarrassment that such an act has caused the entire family. Historically and even today, Hispanic families seem to have responded to this threat by keeping female members close to the home or with an official escort. Thus, the Hispanic woman is taught to see the world as threatening and to maintain a cautious attitude. Reactions of Hispanic rape victims are consistent with their cultural and religious heritage and their own personal belief systems. If women are to fully combat this social cancer then they must do so with understanding, determination, vigor and unrestrained perseverance. Hispanic intensity must be seen in the eyes and felt in the hearts of every Hispanic "mujer" who feels for her sisters who have been rape victims. Women can help themselves and the time for action is now. (AN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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