In a number of underdeveloped countries, women as well as some girls too young to even be women have been stoned to death for being raped. Since this worldview isn't all that keen on consent , it doesn't always make any distinction between rape and consensual sex: a woman having consensual sex with a man not her husband can be considered Defiled Forever , on the basis that it was her "purity" that got violated, not her rights and boundaries.
Most in 18th century England believed not just that any woman who had been raped was Defiled Forever. They also believed that any woman who was raped, no matter how violently or at what age, would instantly become sexually voracious and uncontrollably promiscuous. This justified the belief that a rape victim could never be a decent wife; in a time when women who didn't marry could end up dead in the streets, it forced many rape victims to either keep their rape a secret or end up in a brothel.
Hogarth's series of engravings entitled "A Harlot's Progress" was not meant as parody but as the literal course of events for one of these women. It is also pretty common that Bob is a love interest which Alice rejects because of not deeming herself worthy of being loved.
Bob does not give up on her love, and continues his advances on her, until Alice, confused, asks Bob the reason of his persistence. Bob explains that he does not care about her Dark and Troubled Past since she is self-evidently an innocent who was the victim of a vicious crime against her, and we all learn that Love Redeems. In reality, there is a wide spectrum of ways that victims of violence sexual or otherwise may react. In Genesis 34, Dinah went out to visit the women of Shechem , where her people had made camp and where her father Jacob had purchased the land where he had pitched his tent.
Shechem the son of Hamor, the prince of the land "took her and lay with her and humbled her. And his soul was drawn to Dinah Hamor came to Jacob and asked for Dinah for his son: "Make marriages with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.
You shall dwell with us; and the land shall be open to you. But "the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah"; they said they would accept the offer if the men of the city agreed to be circumcised. So the men of Shechem were deceived, and were circumcised; and "on the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob and Leah, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords and came upon the city unawares, and killed all the males.
They slew Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went away. This portion of the Book of Genesis deals primarily with the family of Abraham and his descendants, including Dinah, her father Jacob, and her brothers. The traditional view is that Moses wrote Genesis as well as almost all the rest of the Torah , doubtlessly using varied sources but synthesizing all of them together to give the Hebrews a written history of their ancestors.
This view—which has been held for the past several thousand years, although it is not explicitly mentioned in either the Hebrew or the Christian Bible —holds that Moses included this story primarily because it happened and he viewed it as significant.
It foreshadows later happenings and prophecies further along in Genesis and the Torah dealing with the two violent brothers. Source-critical scholars speculate that Genesis combines separate literary strands, with different values and concerns, and does not pre-date the 1st millennium BC as a unified account.
He instead says that such a description reflected a "late, post-exilic notion that the idolatrous gentiles are impure [and supports] the prohibition of intermarriage and intercourse with them. Midrashic literature contains a series of proposed explanations of the Bible by rabbis. It provides further hypotheses of the story of Dinah, suggesting answers to questions such as her offspring: Osnat a daughter  from Shechem, and links to later incidents and characters.
One midrash states that Dinah was conceived as a male in Leah's womb but miraculously changed to a female, lest the maid-servants Bilhah and Zilpah be associated with more of the Israelite tribes than Rachel. Berakhot 60a. Another midrash implicates Jacob in Dinah's misfortune: when he went to meet Esau , he locked Dinah in a box, for fear that Esau would wish to marry her,  but God rebuked him in these words: "If thou hadst married off thy daughter in time she would not have been tempted to sin, and might, moreover, have exerted a beneficial influence upon her husband" Gen.
Her brother Simeon promised to find a husband for her, but she did not wish to leave Shechem, fearing that, after her disgrace, no one would take her to wife Gen. She is therefore referred to as "the Canaanitish woman" Gen. Early Christian commentators such as Jerome likewise assign some of the responsibility to Dinah, in venturing out to visit the women of Shechem. This story was used to demonstrate the danger to women in the public sphere as contrasted with the relative security of remaining in private.
The list seems endless. A journalist, Mrs Chinyere Ukwu, is dissatisfied that it takes a long time for rape and defilement cases to be disposed of in many courts.
She regrets that the society still casts stigmas on such victims, making ladies, especially, to keep to themselves, sexual molestation against them, to avoid scaring potential suitors. Mrs Helen Ibeji, the Coordinator of the Girl-Child Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, called for eradication of cultural practices that encourage sexual molestation.
Ibeji urges parents to create enough time to monitor their children especially girls to guard against defilement and rape. She appeals to governments to establish centres where girls, especially those defiled by their relatives, can be rehabilitated.
The coordinator also suggests organisation of more workshops and seminars in both urban and rural centres to sensitise Nigerians to the need to report such crimes in time. Mr Chris Ayiyi, also a lawyer, is worried that in spite of some awareness campaigns against defilement and rape, cases spring up in court almost daily.Jan 10, · Rape, defilement and intimidation: The pain behind teenage motherhood Sexual assault survivors risk pregnancy and STDs. They lack access to medical attention and often drop out of school.