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Violence Against Women

  1. 1. Violence Against Women By: Michael Mendez HE-210-OL Chapter 24
  2. 2. What is it?  Violence against women is any assault on a women’s body, physical integrity, or freedom of movement inflicted by an individual or through societal oppression.
  3. 3. Violence against women includes…  Physical, emotional, and verbal abuse  Rape  Sexual assault  Forced sterilization/ genital cutting  Stalking  Sexual coercion in the workplace  Trafficking of women and girls  Preparing girls/women for prostitution
  4. 4. Power & Control Wheel   Violence against women is about power and control exerted over another person in the context of a relationship, or culture. Some people have been taught that violence is an acceptable method of maintaining control, resolving problems, and expressing anger.
  5. 5. Which women are more at risk?         Women of color Older women and young women Women without legal immigration status Refugees Lesbians Poor women Transsexual women, transgender, or gender nonconforming women. Women with disabilities
  6. 6. The “White Ribbon Campaign”  Created in 1991,two years after a man massacred 14 women in Montreal  World wide campaign in 60 countries that has collected more than 5 million signatures  Pledge: “I promise to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women”
  7. 7. Common reactions post violence       Self-blame and feelings of shame or guilt Fear, and feeling unsafe Anger and rage Depression (posttraumatic stress disorder), and suicidal feelings Substance abuse Eating disorders      Self-harm Grief and loss Loss of control/powerless Changes in sexuality and intimacy Reoccurring recollection of the event(s)
  8. 8. Sexual Assault Any kind of sexual activity committed against another person without that person’s consent  Vaginal, oral, or anal penetration  Inappropriate touching  Forced kissing  Child sexual abuse  Sexual harassment  Exhibitionism
  9. 9. Stats on Sexual Assault
  10. 10. Rape  Rape is the penetration with the use of force and without the person’s consent (penetration in the vagina, anus or mouth)  Remember, a anyone can rape you
  11. 11. Campus Rape  Rape is the most common violent crime on college campuses  All colleges and universities are required by federal law to have a policy in place to address rape  Unfortunately, many college administrations underreport or down play these incidents to not harm the school’s reputation
  12. 12. Medical Consideration Regarding Rape  If you’ve been raped, it is critical to get medical attention ASAP!  Taking a shower can wash away evidence, so try to see a doctor first  You are allowed to request a trained sexual assault nurse examiner in the emergency room if you decide to go to the hospital
  13. 13. Rap Kits (sexual assault evidence collection kit)  Is used to collect physical evidence of sexual assault  The evidence collected will only be made available to police if you give written consent  The evidence collected can be used to provide forensic evidence to support the prosecution if legal action is taken
  14. 14. Domestic Violence: Intimate Partner Violence   Most domestic violence involves a pattern of behavior that causes fear and intimidation May include:       Physical violence Threatening with weapons Sexual assault Verbal and emotional abuse Control of finances or physical freedom Threats to harm or actually harm to loved ones
  15. 15. Children  Impact of intimate partner violence on children causes them to live in constant fear  Post-traumatic stress disorder  Teaches them violence may be appropriate to resolve conflicts
  16. 16. Why Some Women Stay
  17. 17. What to do about Intimate Partner Violence  Obtain a civil protection order, restraining order, or protection-from-abuse orders  Have an escape plan in case of an emergency  Seek outside help from domestic violence agencies  Seek a medical professional to help with injuries and certain people to talk to
  18. 18. Stalking  Stalking is “intentional behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear”  30% of stalking cases involve current or former intimate partners  According to a Network for Surviving Stalking Survey, police often do not take stalking seriously
  19. 19. Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents  Occurs when an older or more knowledgeable child or adult forces, tricks, threatens, or pressures a child into sexual awareness or activity  1 in 5 girls and 1 in 13 boys in the U.S. have been sexually abused  Sense children are trusting and dependent, abusers can take advantage of children more easily
  20. 20. Sexual Harassment     Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual attention Includes leering, touching, repeated comments, pornography, and pressure for dates Can cause a hostile, intimidating, or uncomfortable working environment Poor women, older women, and teenagers are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment
  21. 21.  Sex workers are often seen as the criminals, even though most of them are not  A lot of them are driven into sex work due to economic instability
  22. 22. Ending Violence Against Women      Learning self-defense increases physical and emotional self-confidence Speak out against the messages that encourage violence Intervene whenever violence against women is expressed Work to maintain a strong network of services for everyone Insist that our government officials take violence against women seriously
  23. 23. Helpful Resources     Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network(RAINN): or call 1-800-656HOPE Women on women assault. Nation Coalition of Anti Violence Programs: Or call 212-714-1141 National Domestic Violence Hotline: or call 1-800-799-7233. National Center for Victims of Crime, Stalking Resource Center:
  24. 24. “The man who raped me was white, and the cops are all white. I didn’t report it. I just told a few people I trusted. It helped, but I still feel scared knowing he’s out there and that nobody would do anything about it” (696)
  25. 25. Discussion Question  Do you think male police officers take violence against women more seriously than female police officers, the same as them or less than the female police officers? Why?
  26. 26. Reference  The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. “Chapter 24: Violence Against Women” (Pages 691-726). 2011. Our Bodies, Ourselves. Simon & Schuster. New York, NY.