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Fear-vs-Justice Have you ever been in a situation where you had something horrible happen in your life that you needed to do something about but in order to do something about it you had to confront the problem and that caused you pain and more troubles I believe that to be the underlying conflict in Adrienne Richs Rape The main character who the speaker is talking to first is a woman who has been sexually violated She is a victim of a heinous and very private embarrassing crime The officer that she has reported her situation to is a policeman who patrols her area and who her family knows and trust Her family is very close to this officer for he comes from your block grew up with your brothers2 She doesnt know him that well though which makes her telling him about the incident that much more painful and uncomfortable She gives him all the details of the crime and about her assailant She has the idea that the cop may have been her rapist The woman has a certain bit of suspicion about the officer but she is not sure Rape is a poem about a woman who is reporting a case of rape to a policeman who may just be the criminal responsible for the offense himself The violated woman isnt convinced that the policeman is the rapist but the speaker defiantly suspects him The rape victim knows very little about the criminal in question so the speaker tells the reader about the incident the evidence and about enough facts to let them come up with there own suspect The first statement made by the speaker is There is a cop who is both prowler and father1 When he says prowler the reader automatically considers the officer to be a suspect even before any background is given on him This is a very important line in the poem
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