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Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape

Authors

  • LARRY MAY,

  • ROBERT STRIKWERDA


Abstract

We criticize the following views: only the rapist is responsible since only he committed the act; no one is responsible since rape is a biological response to stimuli; everyone is responsible since men and women contribute to the rape culture; and patriarchy is responsible but no person or group. We then argue that, in some societies, men are collectively responsible for rape since most benefit from rape and most are similar to the rapist.

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