Positivism And 3rd Wave Feminism

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In this essay, positivism and 2nd/3rd wave feminism are being compared and contrasted on their theories of how victims are given their status. In particular looking into the view of rape victims as this shows differences and similarities between the two theories. In the Sexual Offences Act (2003) it defines rape as forced penetration, with lack of consent, to the vagina, anus or mouth by a penis. Both of these theories explore the views of ‘ideal victims’. The United Nations stated that the term victim was an individual who has suffered harm either physically, mentally or emotional: victimization occurs when a person suffers harm as a result of someone violation criminal laws.
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It refers to several strains on feminist activity and study. This movement perceived backlash from the second wave feminism in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s and the perception they were betraying of women being ‘many colours, ethnicities, religions and any cultural background’. Gender violence became a central issue for the third wave of feminism. This is any type of violence which instantly affects women. Many organizations have formed awareness and actions around issues relating to women’s sexuality.
Feminists work to disprove rape myths and the stigma around them. In public perception sexual assaults do not class as “real rapes”. Brownmiller (1975)
Another issue the third wave feminism wanted to solve was rape, in 2011 feminists introduced the Slut Walks. A police officer Michael Sanguinetti made a statement stating ‘women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.’ This Slut Walk movement caught on quickly with women being victimized by being called sluts, then all women must be sluts, regardless of what they may be wearing. This movement was use to change the social attitudes about the appearance of women’s bodies and to empower women with the potential of their own
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Rape crisis (2017), is a feminist organisation in England and Wales to promote the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced any sexual violence, to improve services for them and hopefully work towards the elimination of sexual abuse, with 95% of all service users being female. This organisation are joint taskforce with Rape Crisis National Service Standards (RCNSS), they aim to ensure that no matter the background of the women or girls, should receive a consistent and high quality response from any Rape crisis member centre. Rape crisis member centres across England and wales have responded to 171,000 helpline calls from March 2015 for 12 months with an average of 3,000 per week. This showing an increase of 16% since 2014-2015. Victims support is an independent charity, which work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect which they deserve. They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. The support is free, confidential and tailored to the victim’s needs. Between 2015 and 2016 952,100 individuals were offered help, 1.7 million calls were handled in 2015-2016. Women’s aid federation aim to empower women who have been affected by domestic abuse to live independent lives
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