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Throughout this course, I have learned a lot academically, but also, I have learned a lot that has helped me, and will continue to help me, grow as an individual. We worked the entire semester on educating ourselves on important issues, educating ourselves and each other on how to make a change, and working throughContinue reading “Final Reflection Post”
The topic of sexual assault is one that is very serious and important to me, as I have seen the harsh effects firsthands to loved ones in my life. That is why I have dedicated the time to researching this issue throughout the semester and become a citizen activist who works towards bettering the livesContinue reading “White Paper Post”
Introduction Sexual Assault has increased at a disturbing rate, becoming one of the most commonly committed crimes in the United States. What’s even more disturbing, is that it is also the most underreported. Looking at the numbers, over 433,000 people 12 years and older will become a victim of rape and sexual assault in theContinue reading “Policy Brief”
Introduction Social Justice essentially refers to the equal rights & opportunities for everyone, it is the belief that everyone should be treated fairly. Social Justice ties into human rights as well as they share the common goal of establishing and maintaining human dignity & fair treatment (Lea, 2017). Our group examined and researched different socialContinue reading “Executive Summary: Social Justice”
After discussing the problems and severity of sexual assault as a whole, there are also “sub-issues” of this topic that need attention too. One being that there are certain groups more susceptible to being raped or sexually assaulted. The first group to note are Native American women, who are 2.5 times more likely to experienceContinue reading “Fact Sheet”
Going back to early America, the colonies defined rape as “carnal knowledge of a woman 10 years or older, forcibly and against her will”. By the late 1800s, the age was raised from 10, to anywhere between 14 and 18, depending on the state. (Roger, 2016) Black women suffered even more, as most states excludedContinue reading “Legislative History”
As noted in the ‘decisions’ post, the first step in our solution starts with Education. There are many organizations that are already in existence, that are dedicated to solving the widespread problem of sexual assault. One being RAINN, which stands for Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. This organization states it “…carries out programs toContinue reading “Action”
Deciding which courses of actions are best to take starts with stepping back and looking at which areas need the most improvement at this time. The first option that does in fact need to be implemented is bettering Education. This starts at home from the time people are young. Hearing phrases like “boys will beContinue reading “Decisions”
Sexual assault is a very large topic, and when trying to brainstorm and develop options on how to best deal with it, can be a bit overwhelming. Sexual assault happens at school, work, home, parties, streets, public places… it can happen essentially anywhere, to anyone – no matter their age or gender. The harsh truthContinue reading “Options”
As noted in my ‘Background’ post, the efforts made over the past two decades to empower victims to speak up have still not been enough to make the change needed. Looking at the facts and statistics will better explain why. There will be a lot of numbers and statistic to process, but it is necessaryContinue reading “Findings”
Sexual assault is a very serious and sensitive topic, as many men and women around the world are victims to various forms of sexual violence. In fact, sexual violence is among the most commonly committed crimes in the United States at this time, yet it is also the most underreported. Victims of these crimes canContinue reading “Background”
Hi, I’m Madison! I’m currently a senior at George Mason University, majoring in Communications with concentration in Media Production & Criticism, and minoring in Sport Communication. I will be writing about sexual assault, and specifically examining the ways the legal system fails victims. This is a very important topic to me and I feel it needs to be discussed more often and openly, so I appreciate you checking out my blog!
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Picture Citation: Sanchez, R. (2016, June 11). Stanford rape case: Inside the court documents. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2016/06/10/us/stanford-rape-case-court-documents/index.html.