Sexual assault

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Sexual assault is when two people come in contact of a sexual nature, but one of the two people does not want this contact to happen. This happens when sexual excitement severely impairs prefrontal cortex of the perpetrator and experience of dissociative-like symptoms that leaves the person to primitive reflexes. Evolutionary biologist Randy Thornhill and evolutionary anthropologist Craig Palmer theorize that the primary motive behind sexual assault is sex and signifies the inability of the perpetrator to deal with their own emotions for adaptive response.[1]

A study states "successful inhibition of sexual expressions (restrain, cancel, suppress) is a natural and adaptive reaction to contextual factors against the excitatory expressions (initiate, execute, promote), and enables the regulation of sexual behavior, thereby preventing undesired consequences for the individual and for society."[2] Another study states that increased sexual excitation and heightened desire are associated with poorly regulated sexuality, and also found that those with decreased response to humorous stimuli had good regulation.[3]

In some cultures being sexually experienced is a required aspect of psychological maturity to achieve balance in desire, and a person lacking it is subjected to stigmatization. Popularity of online dating applications and their role in the hookup culture of certain societies are an example to it.[4] Improper balancing between inhibitory and excitatory sexual mechanisms results in a maladaptive sexual response or dysregulated sexuality and that further results into socially undesirable consequences.[5]

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As many as 90-99% of people with developmental disabilities are sexually exploited before they are 18 years old.[6]

A 2010-2011 study in the United States of 1058 people aged 14 to 21 found that 8% had sexually assaulted in their lives. In 66% of cases no one found out and the perpetrator did not get into any trouble. 50% said that their victim was completely to blame. 2% had raped and 3% had tried to rape.[7]

Types[change | change source]

In some cases, one of the people involved may also be unable to consent to the contact. For example, they might be too young to consent or they may be unconscious. Rape is one form of sexual assault, but there are others.

Law[change | change source]

Different countries have different definitions of sexual assault. It is illegal, but often not reported. People convicted of sexual assault are sometimes sent to prison. In some places the crime of sexual assault has replaced the crime of rape. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, rape is a separate crime to sexual assault.

Religion[change | change source]

Sexual assault is a common theme in bible, and often associated with condemn and punishment. In Judges 19:22-26, men of Gibeah assaulted an Ephraimite's wife to death and the whole of Israel went against the assaulter's. In Genesis 19:30-38, Lot, a nephew of Abraham, and a father figure of a family was raped by his daughters.

References[change | change source]

  1. https://www.csus.edu/indiv/m/merlinos/thornhill.html
  2. Rodriguez-Nieto, G., Emmerling, F., Dewitte, M. et al. The Role of Inhibitory Control Mechanisms in the Regulation of Sexual Behavior. Arch Sex Behav 48, 481–494 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-018-1283-7
  3. http://www.christofflab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Winters_Christoff_Gorzalka_2009.pdf
  4. https://mashable.com/roundup/best-hookup-apps/
  5. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0149-7634(00)00024-5
  6. Muccigrosso, Lynne (1 September 1991). "Sexual Abuse Prevention Strategies and Programs for persons with Developmental Disabilities". Sexuality and Disability. 9 (3): 261–271. doi:10.1007/BF01102396 – via Springer Link.
  7. Mitchell, Kimberly J.; Ybarra, Michele L. (1 December 2013). "Prevalence Rates of Male and Female Sexual Violence Perpetrators in a National Sample of Adolescents". JAMA Pediatrics. 167 (12): 1125–1134. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2629 – via jamanetwork.com.