There are many problems on college campuses and several go unnoticed. According to BestCollege.com, “one out of five college students experience some type of sexual assault during their college career”. Sexual assault is a term used to describe any type of unwanted sexual activity without the consent of a person (Sexual Assault). One out of five students being assaulted is a major issue in many ways. For example, being a victim of sexual assault can be very damaging for the rest of one’s life, whether it is mentally, emotionally, or physically.
There are many negative beliefs towards the male gender because of the stereotypes society believes in. When people hear about a news of a rape incident between both genders, they automatically assume the female is the victim and the male is the offender. They make this assumption based on real statistics - since 99% of sex offenders are male and over 80% of the victims are female (sapac.umich.edu). For this reason, parents with daughters feel skeptical when their daughters is around a male since they believe she might be forced into sexual conducts. Society believe when males have a high tendency to feel sexual pleasure, they can not control themselves and will force another individual into sexual conducts in order to satisfy their urge.
Typically people assume a victim to be someone that is shy and weak, often a child or a female. This is because individuals unconsciously apply attitudes and stereotypes reflecting the society or cultural norms. It is often thought that men cannot be the victim of rape or sexual assault and this is due to the gender construct of men and women over time. Men were always expected to be strong and hold the family together. There has always been gender inequality and as women have dealt with the oppression in attempts to rise above the male dominant roles, men have continued to suffer (Lippard, et al., 2009; Javaid,
Every single victim experienced a form of revictimization whether that is through false reports in the media, or the college campuses’ failure to report or help sexual assault victims. Other victims could not get their case heard by the college they were attending, were completely ignored by these institutions, or did not have enough evidence to withstand trial in the criminal justice system (The Hunting Ground, 2015). In addition to that, other victims have experienced various other issues concerning the process after being assaulted. Sexual assault victims are continuously revictimized following their own personal attack. Therefore, the process or the system succeeding a sexual assault needs to be enhanced and improved for victims.
Some people view this as another home for loving parents to get the opportunity to take care of a child in need. Others insinuate homosexual parents are infecting children's minds to be open with their sexuality and to not let gender roles be in the way of how they view themselves. These individuals do not take the welfare of the children that need a
The way to make people aware of what they’re doing to contribute to the problem is to educate the general public about rape culture and how it affects a victim’s life. We can also ensure victim’s safety by implementing stronger consequences against those accused of rape. Rape culture is commonly perpetrated by young men on college campuses. In a report published in 2015, it is stated that one in five women have experienced sexual assault while on a college campus (Luna 1). This is because young men are not taught that they do not have a right to women’s bodies.
Sexism is a prevalent issue that society struggles with due to the many negative stereotypes that are created like putting labels on how someone should live and act according to their gender. Sexism and stereotypes are not just a current issue but an issue that has been occuring forever. People are not just born sexist but when exposed to them it can affect them. “According to the article “Long-term Effects of Stereotyping” published in psychcentral.com, Rick Nauert argues how people can be affected by stereotypes even after being exposed to them.” (George,7). Some stereotypes include that women “ are not as strong as men” or that “women can’t be athletic”.
These norms, like relationships are only supposed to be between two heterosexual people is defying the freedom of choice, which is extremely emphasize by Americans. However, by not supporting Polyamory they are going against their own words. Polyamory is a controversial topic that has been judged and critic by many, and has caused Polyamorist to be discriminated against, like not being hired at a job, or simply being shunned by their family and friends because of their lifestyle. Do to these discriminations many polyamorist live in secret, but the ones that are not scared to be open about their practice of polyamory are fighting for their acceptance. Now that gay marriage has been approve, polyamorist are awaiting for their lifestyle to be view as normal, and that someday plural marriage would be legalized, so they can practice their lifestyle liberally.
A pedophile is a person who sexually abuse children and pedophilia cases need to be taken into account for most of the parents because it can happen to anyone, especially children. Unfortunately, this matter remains silent as parents take it for granted. Children who face this problem usually afraid to tell their parents about what had happened to them because they either have been threatened by the suspect or their parents might not believe the story told by their children. This is because most of the pedophiles are someone they know and trust rather than strangers. For examples, close friends, neighbors, relatives, family’s acquaintances or even the children’s babysitter.
Binge drinking is one of the most problematic behaviors among college students. Research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, Saint Joseph’s University and the University of Arizona attributed the increase in rape cases to heavy drinking college environments (College Alcohol Study par. 1). Furthermore, the study found that college women with medium and high-binge drinking rates stood high chances of getting sexual assaulted while intoxicated. Overconsumption of alcohol on university campuses leads to an increase in sexual assaults and implementing mandatory alcohol workshops will reduce the number of cases by exposing incoming freshman to the dangers of alcohol in conjunction with sexual assaults.
Drugs and alcohol seen to coexist on college campuses since colleges are major targets for dealers and are well known for parties. In a survey of women, fifty one percent of them had stated to being raped since coming to the campus (Hollis, Michael).When a women has experienced a sexual assault they tend to avoid telling the police or officials because of self blame and or fear of the case going to court and being looked down upon. Sexual assault is a difficult topic to speak about and more so when the officials are not very understanding. Women are sometimes even terrified to speak up about their assault because of what people might think of them and what people might ask such as “What were you wearing?” “Were you drinking last night?” and probably one of the worst is “You were asking for it” all of this reduces the likelihood that they will speak up. And the ones that do, speak up very rarely get the justice that they deserve.This is a huge problem because along with these overwhelming statistics women are more likely to experience psychological disorders such as Depression and PTSD, which then causes them to drop out of schooling (Streng, Tara).
The client was a man that was chauvinistic and did not want to speak to me because of my sexuality. I did better than I thought, but I am concerned that the counseling process would be different in real life. It would be beneficial to learn ways to help the client to open up even when there is resistance. Another challenge that one may face not being knowledgeable of the many intervention. For example, when working with a client that was afraid of clowns, it was obvious that I was not fully confident in working with a scenario that I was not knowledgeable about.
To combat rape and sexual assaults, we need to acknowledge and emphasize that they do, in fact, occur quite often; they are not rare occurrences with a random guy wearing a mask. We need to learn to reach out and help victims instead of pushing them away and blaming them. In recent news, a Stanford swimmer, Brock Turner, was charged and convicted of sexually assaulting a young, college woman. They were both drinking at a college party when he assaulted her behind a dumpster while she was unconscious.The prosecutor recommended a six year sentence but the assailant was, instead, given a six month sentence with probation. This case gained negative notoriety because of the light sentence Turner was given.