Views on Sexual Assault Victims Caitlynn Holobaugh Social Work 3101 Reflection Paper 1 1 Rape and sexual assaults in the U.S. have been of high interest lately. It seems like social media is blowing up with feminists outraged with the topic of rape. One case that comes to mind as of late is the case of Brock Turner. He raped an unconscious girl outside of a party at Stanford University. He was charged only six months of jail time, only serving 3 of those months. While not every rape case makes it to the national level, rape still happens every single day. So, how does society see rape and does that differ from the way social workers and myself see rape and sexual assault? How does society view sexual assault …show more content…
My opinion on rape and sexual assault victims is I truly feel bad for them. I feel that society has truly let them down tremendously. I think that rape and sexual assault victims need someone to speak up for them, and let society know that is it not okay what happened to them, and it is not their fault. I also think that rape victims are vulnerable, especially if they were raped by a boyfriend or family member. Their judgment on trust has been completely altered. If they were raped by a stranger, it only makes them more terrified to be alone. Social workers play a big role in helping victims of sexual assault. Social workers in the field feel like there is still work to do when it comes to stereotypes of sexual assault victims. They believe that victims are treated differently. Furthermore, some social workers believe that they themselves need more training in the area of working with victims of rape and sexual assault. There are quite a few values in the code of ethics that I think apply to sexual assault victims. First, service, we have a duty to serve these people who have been victimized. We have a duty to service them in any way we can. Whether it be talking about coping skills with them, or helping them learn to trust others …show more content…
After the assault occurs, these people need to somehow get back to their normal life. Social workers need to dig deep into these victims to see who in their life they value the most. Who can these people know they can trust? We also need to understand how the victims view relationships, it may not be the same for all of us. For example, if a social worker were to be raped she may not be so quick to forgive her rapist. But, another victim may not see it that way. They may think that forgiveness is the first step to getting their life back on
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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.
Chapter eight of my book talks about Sexual Assault. Rap, sexual abuse and assault happens more than we think and not just among women, however, men as well. The odds are that the person who abuses you is likely someone that you know. Many sexual abuse cases involving children is unreported as a result of being scared, ashamed, guilt or threatened, same goes for being raped or attempted rapes. There are several myths about rap in the manner that women provoke or wanted to be raped, cry rap to take revenge, women wanted it since they did not resist and many more.
In their opinion piece published in the New York Times, Miriam Gleckman-Krut and Nicole Bedera, two students from University of Michigan, claim that students being accused of sexual assault on-campus should not be the ones providing the definition of sexual assault because more victims will stay silent. Their article tackles the research question “how does allowing the accused to define sexual assault affect the victim?”. The piece was written in response to Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, who claimed that former President Obama’s policies on on-campus rape stripped the accused of their liberties because less evidence was required from the victims, who often struggle to create concreate evidence due to trauma or difficulty remembering.
Rape and sexual assault does not only occur in the ancient times of The Scarlet Letter but is extremely prevalent in today’s society and is normalized through the depiction of rape culture presented in the media. In today’s society, it is imperative to address the rape culture that is being cultivated by the objectification of women, normalization of violence against them, and the recurring victimization of the victim because it leaves men confused in their relationships with women and women feeling disempowered and violated. One of the initial causes of rape culture is the way in which women are being objectified by men and the media as it creates a society that disregards women’s rights and safety. From a very young age, men are encouraged to believe that all women are property because of the media.
On August 2012 Emma Sulkowicz reported to being raped in her college dorm, this sparked her senior thesis project called Carry That Weight ,where she would be carrying the mattress on which the assault had occurred and would be continuously doing so until Columbia either expelled the rapist or she graduated (Izadi, Elahe) . This case adds to the one third percentage of women who are assaulted by their senior year in college (Streng, Tara). Another unrelated case that occurred in Stanford was that of Brock Turner whom instead of being the victim was the alleged rapist, he was accused of assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster and then being sentenced to only a six month jail sentences versus the maximum of fourteen years (Stack, Liam).
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.
Lastly, since these men are in the military the sexual assault towards them is considered a myth and that the way the military is considered it does not see that they are intentionally contributing to sexual assault. I feel that everyone safety is important and we always do not pay attention about men getting sexually assaulted and in the military, everyone should have the interest to support those men who were victimized of rape.
George, I certainly agree with your statement in that, “We live in a day and age where the top stories are the ones that keep peoples attentions”. Too often the victims of sexual assaults in prisons go either unnoticed or are seen as having “deserved what they got” for what they did. This is outrageous. Individuals are sentenced to do their time, not to be victims themselves. I wonder if it ever occurred to people that sexual assaults can cause a world of trauma to an inmate.
Sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and rape play a very large role in female oppression as well. For example, women are often targeted for this type of assault because females are seen as subordinate and objectified by society and the media. One example of this objectification and dehumanization of women in pop culture can be seen in the music video to the song “Blurred Lines,” performed by Robin Thicke. The music video, banned by YouTube in 2013, featured near-nude women dancing around fully clothed men; this is a problem because the video promotes women’s bodies being used as objects to reinforce the status of the men in the video. The men clearly have control over the situation and are not vulnerable in any way, whereas the women are in
Rape is an epidemic around the world and destroys millions of lives every year. Part of the reason so many women, men, and other genders are raped is because societies around the world, especially America, ignore the issue and do not help to resolve it. Girls in America are taught ways to protect themselves from rape, but as soon as they are actually raped it becomes a guessing game of “what did she do to get herself raped”, which can include what the girl was wearing, her intoxication level, and even if she was nice to the rapist beforehand. All of this happens on a daily basis while male rape victims are told that they were not even raped at all, and that they probably enjoyed it. Both female and male rape victims are continually swept under
But what woman in our communities need to know is that they need to talk about it, so they can reach moral peace. These women need help and support, instead the result of their suffering is laughter. I think we can make a difference by having more associations to help woman. There should also be someone going to every school to talk about protecting themselves from rape. Many people think that boys don’t get raped or sexually assaulted, but this is in fact a myth anyone can get molested.
On the other hand, victims have experienced traumatic incidents and some of them remain unwell even after several years (the Guardian, 2013). Deep-rooted myths perpetuate stigma linked to victims, while the public fear sex offenders as well as offenders in other criminal cases. In this situation, the law should protect victims and encourage them to report to the police, and should not create any additional barriers to doing so. Meanwhile, it is essential for the government to carry out a great deal of constant publicity to alleviate or even remove bias against victims through the platform of media. When the public treat survivors of sexual offences as ordinary people and give them care and companionship, victims will not feel a deep sense of shame and embarrassment.
There is a varied spectrum when comes to working with those affected or those that inflict the assault. In other words there is the victim side of working with sexual assault and the victimizer side when working with assault. When working with the victim a social worker spends a majority of time working on regaining trust and confidence within that individual who went through the assault or rape. This is a big task for a social worker because trusting outside people was once easy for this individual however, in majority of the cases these individuals were raped or assaulted by someone they knew and trusted. Trusting outside people again is a major hurdle that this individual and social worker need to work on overcoming.
Only recently, however, is it becoming more common to see sexual harassment and rape statistics and prevention techniques popularized in the world media. In a recent report it states that “1 out of 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime” (Rainn). Whereas “About 3% of American men- or 1 in 33- have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime” (Rainn). The difference in the number of women to men who are victims of “an attempted or completed rape” (RAINN) are night and day to each other. The ratio of men to women is so severely different that it can only be attributed to sexism, and men seeing women as objects rather than people.
It should also be noted that even though it is not everyone that will hit a woman, sexually harass her or even rape; we are all complicit if we turn a blind eye or dismiss anyone of these incidents as a fluke. As we have noted recently in the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein (a Hollywood media giant); many people have now come forward saying they were victims of his or that they were in some form aware of what was going on but they kept quiet because of fear. This only goes to show the depth of the issue and how we as society should put more effort into making sure that the victims of such violent acts never have to question whether they will receive support or not or if they will find justice. (-- removed HTML --) (-- removed HTML --) Violence against women is a potential problem in any woman's life as long as the law and society take a lackadaisical approach to it.