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I am interested in the topic of rape because it is a very big issue in today’s society, and I know too many people that have been affected by it. Rape is nothing to joke about, and if you were to ask, most people don’t even know how to define rape. I’m going to discuss the importance of what rape really is, and why victims are usually blamed in almost all sexual assault cases. My audience is not necessarily those involved in rape culture, but those who enforce rape culture. Rape culture essentially is blaming victims for any sort of sexual assault, and normalizing male sexual violence. I think it is important to speak to this audience because it will help them understand why they should never take the blame for being raped or sexually assaulted, and it will also help them understand the motives behind the rape situations. Almost every victim of rape feels as though he or she is guilty, and everyone needs to understand why he should not feel that way. I will not only discuss my findings of what the definition of rape really is, but also discuss scientific findings on why victims are not at fault, as well as stories of rape and how they have become worldly known, and what people are doing to draw attention to these situations. For example, the girl at Columbia who was raped carries around a mattress everywhere she goes, and she will continue to do so until her rapist does not attend Columbia University anymore. I have found many popular sources to be very effective in helping gather opinions throughout the rest of society that it is never the victims fault, but the evidence I need to prove it has always been found in any sort of academic article, journal, encyclopedia, etc.