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Resisting Violence Against Women

-Gendered Violence/ Cycle of Violence/ Acts of Intimidation etc etc.

Erin Svercl

on 15 November 2012

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consider this Chapter 10 Resisting Violence Against Women Gendered Violence Violence: an assault on a person's control over his/her body and/ or life Acts of Violence and Intimidation Violence is used as a mechanism to obtain power and control over an individual Key Points Gendered Violence can be analyzed by how society creates gender normatives. (Think how Men and Women are encouraged to behave..) Gendered Violence occurs when there is a power imbalance between men and women Globally, Men exert violence (physical, emotional,sexual, psychological) onto women more often What do you think the societal response would be if women and girls routinely victimized men and boys (503)? A range of Violent Acts can be...
Voyuerism/Online/Workplace etc
Forced Pornography
Watching or Participating
Forced Prostitution/ Sex Work
Rape or Attempted Rape
A multitude of coercive acts that harms
and violates another individual The Rape Spectrum For men, violence is about asserting power and dominance Through media and a rapidly changing society, violence has received greater normalization *Feelings of Superiority-----------Stalking------------------Rape* Rape and Acts of
Sexual Violence Sex without consent (vaginal, oral, anal) Rape is about Power, Dominance, and Humiliation Consent needs to be 100% verbally communicated (enthusiastically!) in order to have consensual sex, not assumed by either partner. Rape can happen to anyone
Babies and Children
The Elderly
Men (often victimized in prison) Violence Against
Women Act (1994) Prior to 1980's, women's claims of sexual
assault and rape were often met with skepticism
and insensitivity by law enforcement Would often use a women's sexual history as evidence to prove false claims After VAWA passed
greater funding for shelters and victim programs
federal legislation that provided greater protection Acquaintance and Date Rape Most rapes are committed by perpetrators and victims who know one another Widely and frequently unreported
(victim is more likely to report if the rapist is unknown) Marital Rape was legal until 1976
Still exceptions to this (illness, statutory rape) Date rape drugs are usually odorless and colorless
Metabolize quickly
Most common drugs are Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB
Little evidence that drugs were present during attack Social Myths Concerning Rape Rape occurs less often than feminists want you to believe
False! Rape happens at alarming rates and the majority of attacks go unreported Women need to take partial responsibility for their attacks
False! Clothing, Intoxication, or Demeanor are absolutely not an invitation for rape or assault Men can't help themselves
Men are not controlled by biological urges, this argument is insulting to all men Incest Sexual Abuse of children by a family member
Inappropriate Touching
Forced Pornography
Sex Work Estimated that 90% of childhood rapes are committed by someone the child knows Direct Forms include
sexual rubbing
excessive and inappropriate hugging
sitting a child on an erection
sexual bathing Indirect Forms include
sexual statements/jokes
using child as surrogate spouse
inappropriate references to child's body
staring at child's body
bathroom invasion
jealousy amongst adolescent dating Battering/Physical Abuse Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to be physically abused by a partner 500,000 cases of physical assault are reported, by there are 2-4 million projected instances that are unreported Between 3 and 10 million children witness domestic violence each year
1/2 of all men who abuse partners also abuse children living in the same household Why do men abuse?
Internalized misogyny and sexism
Use violence to deal with conflict
Repressed Anger
Most abusers report being abused themselves as adolescents Abuser Warning Signs of Abuse Extreme jealousy or insecurities
Constant put downs/insults
Tells you what to do
Dictates schedule
Violent Temper
False Accusations
Blames partner for individual problems Victim Unnecessarily apologizes
Becomes passive/submissive
Stop doing individual activities
Cancels plans activities in order to spend time with partner
Hides injuries/Tells no one of abuse Cycle of Abuse 1. Tension Building: Abuser sets up his victim to anger him, victim apologizes

2. The abuse: Abuser behaves violently towards victim

3. Guilt and Fear of Recurrence: Abuser may feel "guilty" (fear of getting caught), blame outside entities for abuse

4. Blames Victim: Rationalizes abuse as victim's fault, May say the victim "Asked for it"

5. Normalcy: Abuser exhibits loving and kind behavior. Gift giving, peaceful household

6. Fantasy/Set-Up: Abusers fantasize about past abuse, begins to plan another attack Love the WAy You Lie Women in Abusive Relationships You may ask, "How could she stay?"
Family/Religion (institutional pressure)
It's not Always Bad Leave and return 5-7 times before completely terminating relationship
May feel Shame, Guilt, Self-Esteem issues
Feel as though Abuse is their fault
Desensitized to Violence
Worried about outside perceptions
Nowhere to go
Partner may escalate violence (murder)

We should ask, "Why does he hit?" Domestic Abuse Photoshoot Ways to Help Someone is an Abusive Relationship Express your concern (calmly and respectfully!
Acknowledge their difficult and scary situation
Be Supportive and Non-Judgmental
Understand they may be embarrassed
Encourage them to spend time in a supportive environment
Help them in developing a safety plan
Encourage them to seek professional help (Counseling, Law Enforcement, Shelters, etc.)
Remember, you can't rescue someone from an abusive relationship, you are there to provide support and respectful dialogue! Resources FM Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
701-293-7273/ www.raccfm NDSU Police, Safety Office
701-231-8998 NDSU Counseling Center
www.ndsu.edu/counseling SARA Help Line
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