The Harsh reality

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By Lisbeth Valentin ’18

Living in the United States we are faced with various rights that are guaranteed to everyone that lives in the United States. The ten amendments are a clear indication of rights that we are given by the state.

In a country like the United States, we have rights that are able to protect users against people who have harmed us or have intentions of harming people. As well, as there are laws that protect victims of crimes in order to receive help if needed. Furthermore, the law helps implement a safer environment for people to be in.

The harsh truth is that no matter all the cases about violence, rape, murder, or shootings reported not all cases are won by the innocent but rather the innocent are seen as liars in order to protect themselves.


Rape, as stated by the Merriam-webster dictionary, is “unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent.”

Rape is one of the type of cases people will hear about. Victims of rape are often scared to speak out about what happened to them afraid of being judged. There are multiple reasons why rape victims do not speak out. According to, some of the following are possible reasons why victims do not speak out

  • Victim is blamed for what happens
    • Commonly know as “she asked for it”
  • Fear
  • Social rejection/ judgment
  • Legal system is corrupt


The violence comes in multiple shapes and forms a common one is domestic violence. Domestic violence as stated by the United States Department of justice, states, “We define domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” Furthermore, there are multiple types of abuse. The five types of abuse are

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Economic
  • Psychological

Within each subfield of domestic violence, there are ways to identify if a person is in an abusive relationship.

Domestic violence is a typical phenomenon that occurs nowadays and in which people have yet to speak out, afraid that they will get more into trouble with their partners.

While there are multiple things wrong with domestic violence society still frowns upon this idea of speaking out and looking for help.