I define rape culture as
- a society which encourages or justifies rape
- a society which blames the victim when he/she is raped
- a society which dismisses rape accusations (this is not the same thing as failing to punish them, which is often problematic due to it being difficult to prove. )
there is a big difference in my mind between "society justifies rape" and "society does not do enough to prevent or punish rape". the latter is a more reasonable assessment of the culture of the United States (and this goes for rape of both genders), but supporting more effective measures of combating rape does not mean a rape culture is present.
you did make a good point about crime syndicates, so I think it would be best to point out that there is a difference between certain corners of society encouraging rape (crime syndicates always have an always will have a rape culture. in fact, any hope of idealistic reform within such a culture is too futile to be even worthy of discussion) and assuming that the views of said