ERIC Number: ED262352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-25
Reference Count: 0
Should We Whistle as We Shirk? What is Rape Prevention?
Neely, Margery A.
Different theories have been offered about why some men rape. The interactive theory of rape describes coercive elements in heterosexual relations resulting from faulty socialization or abuse in childhood. Prevention according to this theory would involve mental health specialists incorporating preventive strategies into parent training, guidance, curriculua, and individual counseling. The social control theory of rape assumes class and power differences: women, being less powerful in social and political influence and economic power, are afraid to challenge the more powerful men. Prevention in the social control theory would involve counselors teaching democratic values, applied to heterosexual relations, to the young. Private citizens could promote prevention by participating in the political process, revising favored male status, and objecting to sexist violence and vulnerability/oppression portrayals in the media. A third theory of rape, the physiological theory, is posited on physique, libido, and aggression differences between women and men. Prevention in this theory would focus on changing societal norms and using family educational efforts to redefine appropriate sexual behavior. In each of these three theoretical approaches, a thread of learned behavior is indicated, whether called modeling, education, or new content. But people always have a choice of behavior. In order to prevent rape, all adults, men and women, must stop practices that support rapists' violence toward women, and must teach acceptable behaviors through personal relationships and communication. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Presented at Women's Resource Center, Friday Focus on Women (Manhattan, KS, October 25, 1985).