"A feminist perspective on rape recognizes the political context in which sexual violence occurs and is perpetuated in American culture. From this perspective, sexual violence is the manifestation of societal values that oppress women. Therefore, it is important to recognize that rape is an aggressive and violent expression of men's power. Furthermore, a feminist perspective reminds us that there are societal and cultural messages that explicitly and implicitly sanction the exertion of this power. "
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