Walls was offered by her father to have sex with one of his friends in return for money. Luckily, she was able to avoid having sex with the man, stating that she is “not that kind of girl.” Another instance of sexual abuse in The Glass Castle is when Walls’ Uncle Stanley touches Jeannette inappropriately. After telling her mother of this incident, Jeannette receives no sympathy. In fact, Rose Mary ends up giving her sorrow to Stanley, claiming that she feels bad for him because he is “lonely.” Rose Mary also states that sexual assault is a “crime of perception.” This dismissal and victim-shaming is prevalent in today’s world. Unfortunately, even our youth experience what Jeannette Walls experienced.
In the trial, it’s revealed that Mayella is physically, verbally, and sexually abused by her father. Because Mayella can often be intimidated by her father, as a result of her gender, she wasn’t able to stand up to him, and his abusive characteristics towards her.
He told me he’d kill me.” In other words, Cyntoia was living under Kut’s control, making him profit and, potentially, risking her life, as if she was his slave. The girl had admitted that this constant abuse made her paranoid. Additionally, Brown testified in 2012, “He (Kut) would explain to me that some people were born w**res, and that I was one, and I was a s**t, and nobody’d want me but him, and the best thing I could do was just learn to be a good w**re.” Kut had been an abusive boyfriend to Cyntoia, as he had influenced her negatively, forcing her life to revolve around drugs and sell her body for a living. Since Cyntoia lived in a particular area of Nashville, where prostitution was a common thing, she had met the man who had
Mayella is powerless because of her gender. In the trial, it’s revealed that Mayella is physically, verbally, and sexually abused by her father. Because Mayella can often be intimidated by her father, as a result of her gender, she wasn’t able to stand up to him, and his abusive characteristics towards her. During that trial, Mr. Ewell intimidates Mayella by leaning forwards in his chair when she tries to tell the truth about how her father treats her (Doc B). It’s very clear that he wouldn’t be able to physically
For example, “SEEFATHERHEISBIGANDSTRONGFATHERWILLYOUPLAYWITHJANEFATHERISSMILINGSMILEFATHERSMILESMILE". This part contradicts with the nature of Pecola's father which associates with weakness and hatred. The chapter also explains Cholly's miserable childhood; the denial of his father to him and his shame at the hands of white officers when they oblige him to have sex in front of them, the thing which led him to rape his daughter twice in order to take revenge of this painful memory. Consequently, the parts of Dick and Jane story are used by Morrison to show the irony in the character's
His life takes an unexpected turn after his mother gives him away to her unorthodox therapist without any warning. The Finch family lived a completed different life from his own. They had the right to take drugs and talk rudely to his parents. Augusten felt isolated because of his difference of not talking back and taking drugs. After living many years with the Finch family, Deirdre admits to him that his therapist doctor, Mr. Finch had sexually abused her during one of her treatment.
Mayella is usually beaten and sexually assaulted by him, especially when he is drinking, but Mayella has a plan that will let her be free from Bob. One would say she is not powerful because she is enclosed from the world, beaten by her father, and not very respected. For example, as Atticus asked Mayella to see if her father is good and tolerable to her, but she says “He does tollable, ‘cept when-”, ‘Except when he’s drinking?’ asked Atticus so gently that Mayella nodded.”(Lee, Chapter 18) This would prove that Mayella has less power than usual when her father is drunk because, his gender as a male has the power over her and gets violent when drunk. One would say this would already decrease her in having power, since she is a woman and women back then really did not have much rights or respect. But there was someone who was ever decent to her was Tom Robinson, an African American who was accused of her beating and sexually assaulting her.
Aunts also show women’s complicity. They reeducated the handmaids by brainwashing them and punishing them. For instance, Aunt Lydia makes excuse to the men by saying that men by nature are aggressive and cannot control their sexual desire. “Men are sex machines, said Aunt Lydia… It is nature’s way. It’s God’s device.
For example, Precious realises that her father did in fact rape her, as previously she perceived her father giving her babies. Precious starts to realise the aggressive and envious actions of her mother. This is because her mother accuses that Precious stole her boyfriend and gave birth to his babies (Precious, 2010). Precious denies this and claims in reality that her father raped her and that it is not her fault that she
She was no stranger to abuse and sexual violence. In Bourgois’ book, Candy says she was abused by her father until the age of thirteen (2003: 218). This is an example of men lashing out to regain authority. She threatened his authority by warning him that she would run away and elope if the beatings did not stop (2003: 218). Bourgois explains what he has learned from Candy about the cultural traditions.