Throughout this documentary, viewers learn that many sexual assault cases happen on college campuses. However, many of these cases are often ignored by college administrators because universities want to keep rape statistics low and they have an financial incentive to do so. In the film it states that there are less than 8% of men in college that commit more than 90% of sexual assaults. This indicates that because
In the story “Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburbs” by Bernard Lefkowitz describes the events of Leslie a mentally ill woman that was raped by the treasured group of high school athletes in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. The gang rape occurred on March 1, 1989. Leslie left her house in the afternoon to go play basketball in the park. When she arrived at the park, many of the school 's athletes were there, either watching or taking part of baseball practice. One of the boys Chris Archer approached her and asked her to come down to a basement of a nearby house for a party.
The article explains how sexual assault continues to be a problem until this very day. When someone is sexually assaulted, it is very hard for them to cope with the fact that someone has touched them in the wrong way. For the ones who commits the assault, it will only become worse for them. A National Study says, “The main source of inmates’ knowledge of prison sex appears to come from their conversations with other inmates”(Response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act). Some inmates could portray the role of acting as if they are there for the victim to talk to, but there are other things that could result from this.
In 1984, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino was the victim of breaking and entering and sexual assault. While being raped, Thompson-Cannino attempted to study her attacker’s face so that she could identify him in a police lineup. When she picked Cotton from the photo-lineup of six men, she said, “I think this is the guy” (Hughes 2014). When a detective asked her if she was sure, she said she was positive (Hughes 2014).
Sexual Abuse and Rape Culture Every year, rape costs the United States more than any other crime resulting in a total of $127 billion and $93 billion for sexual assault. Over the course of the past few months, we have heard numerous cases of sexual violence and abuse; these cases are astonishing because this is not something that should be ignored or dismissed. The stories told by victims have caught the attention of all people because it has become very prevalent in our society today. Countless women have been silenced by the authority of men, and these women have become too scared to speak out and seek accountability.
Before graduating from college, Sebold fought long and hard to bring justice to herself and to many women like her, rape victims, and women whose lives were forever changed by the pain of male aggression and forceful domination. Sebold was walking along a street just outside her college campus in syracuse when she spotted her rapist and she immediately went all the way back to the safety of her campus dorm and contacted the police to give her statement and report him. For many women who are victims of sexual abuse, seeing their rapist or abuser behind bars is not an option but Alice Sebold did not want to become another forgotten case in a filing cabinet as “closed” or “unsolved”, she wanted justice for herself and for all women like her and she was willing to do all it took to make sure she got it. However, a case study done by RAINN states that “Out of every 1000 instances of rape, only 13 cases get referred to a prosecutor, and only 7 cases will lead to a felony conviction.” (Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2012-2014 (2015)).
Modern Day Muckraking “In 1979, Goldschmidt, who as mayor had won national renown for the development of the downtown bus mall and the city 's then-revolutionary light rail, was tapped by President Jimmy Carter to be Secretary of Transportation” (Jaquiss). Neil Goldschmidt was a very successful politician, but he was hiding a very dark secret that the people of Oregon deserved to know. Should the type of person, who raped a 14 year old girl for three years, be considered someone that the people of Oregon look up to? This is just one of the questions Nigel Jaquiss addressed in his article about the affair between Neil Goldschmidt and a 14 year old girl that occurred from 1975-1978 (Jaquiss).
Being just in the American criminal justice system is a topic that is highly debated. Some believe the system is just, while others believe it is a flawed. The truth however, is that humans are not always right. God is the only who can practice justice in complete perfection, because humans are not perfect. Although many people in the American criminal justice system have good intentions, sadly that does not necessarily mean they are always just. The American criminal justice system tries to be truly just and has been before, but humans are not perfect and cannot always be truly just.
One out of every six women has been sexually assaulted either completed (14.8%) or attempted (2.8%) in her entire lifetime. Imagine of the those women was a 15 year old girl attending high school, who had a lot to offer, but was periodically silenced, while battling a mental illness in a fictional novel called Speak. The novel speak and the articles we read outside of class have a lot in common including sexual assault stereotypes, sexual violence statistics, and mental illness. Next, I will compare the character Melinda with the four articles. During the book speak, the main character Melinda can be described as a “perfect victim”.
In chapter nine of his book The Macho Paradox, Jackson Katz states the point that “It takes a Village to Rape a Women”, the point he is getting across, is that are culture is so caught up in its ways, that rape and violence against women is almost becoming a normal thing or something that is not as big as a problem as it should be. He gives a few examples of this in our American culture. One example is the sexual allegations that were brought up against NBA basketball player for the L.A. Lakers, Kobe Bryant. In this case, “the explosion of victim-blaming unleashed” (Katz, 2006, 154). Instead of blaming the person who was accused (a very popular and loved NBA All-Star), people started to point the finger at the nineteen-year-old who blamed Bryant for sexually assaulting her asking questions like: “Why did she go up to his room?
Alice Sebold’s Lucky offers a first hand perspective of a victim’s life post her rape as a college freshman. She faces the struggle of legal proceedings following this event, as well as social rejection, and the rape of a close friend shortly after her own attacker is convicted. Through this emotionally and physically debilitating experience, Sebold is able to provide a refreshingly honest account of a subject that is often ignored. By doing this, she constructs and effectively conveys how a traumatic event can continue to negatively affect a person despite the achievements and support that come with it.
Mr. James Kimball, at 23 years old, was a school bus driver who pursued a 15 year old student he’d known for two years. Eventually their “flirtatious” relationship escalated to a “single-sexual encounter” on or about October 3, 1991. The relationship was brought to light by the parents of the child henceforth urging Mr. Kimball to plead guilty to one count of statutory rape in 1992, where the judge then imposed a withheld judgment with a three year probation. After that, Mr. Kimball was accordingly put on the Sex Offender Registry. Due to the essence of the given facts and case report, the disparity in time from the crime to the present, and the technicality of the psychosexual evaluator’s report, I would not have aired the story on Mr.James Kimball.
During spring break one of the captain of the lacrosse team decided to throw a party and have two strippers there. One which was Crystal Mangum who has a mental problem and did not feel like preforming due to maybe the combination of alcohol and drugs. The party turned ugly and some people left and Kim Roberts the second dancer called the police to come and take her home or somewhere for help. The nurse asked if she was rape and the answer was yes for Crystal that knew the system well. The group of 88 of Duke facility had unequivocally asserted that something had happened to Crystal.
On February 7, 1978, the 19-year-old student that attended the College of William and Mary reported that she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint. She informed police investigators that on that afternoon she went to her “fiancé’s apartment in Williamsburg, Virginia after her morning class was cancelled. When she attempted to enter the apartment with her arms full of groceries, she was then confronted
claiming that Kennedy was not the offender, Kennedy was arrested for the crime of rape. While the state had drawn both Kennedy’s backstory and L.H.’s personal experiences, they had came to the conclusion that Kennedy was the obvious offender. One of the reasons for this is due to the fact that Kennedy had made two phone calls, during the morning of the rape. 1 When L.H. had returned home on June 22, 1998, she told her mother for the first time that Kennedy had raped her. Therefore, confirming the previous suspicions of investigators and making the arrest of Kennedy more reliable.