Lecture 10 - Violence.handouts - Violence Against Women Violence Against Women Women at higher risk of intimate violence than strangers More violent

Lecture 10 - Violence.handouts - Violence Against Women...

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1 Violence Against Women Violence Against Women Women at higher risk of intimate violence than strangers More violent attacks History of condoned violence within the family low levels of History of condoned violence within the family, low levels of reporting: 2% of child sexual abuse cases within family 6% of child sexual abuse cases outside family 7% adult sexual assault cases Child Sexual Abuse Any form of sexual contact between an adult and a child, with or without the use of force or physical threats Even if the child cooperates 25% girls and 10% boys experience Consequences more severe with in-home abuse Longer duration Greater frequency Greater severity
2 Child Sexual Abuse Family variables Lack of intimacy, emotional distance Rigid, traditional family structure Multiple conflictual relationships Living without father or with stepfather Use of persuasion, education, rewards Typically express transitory guilt afterwards Child Sexual Abuse Consequences Difficulty in school Fears – going to bed, being alone, being left with perpetrator Adolescents – depression and social withdrawal, run away, become sexually active contemplate suicide become sexually active, contemplate suicide As adults, reports of shame, guilt, fear, disgust, distrust, hostility, anxiety Child Sexual Abuse Prevention strategies Education Teach children what is appropriate touching Support systems Positive adult influences outside family Victim shouldn’t feel bad about waiting to report when they do
3 Dating Violence What is violence used for in relationships? Verbal aggression Name calling, screaming 81% men and 88% women reported either victim or perpetrator Physical aggression 30 – 40% of college men and women report experiencing as part of relationship Dating Violence Who is the aggressor? Motives differ by gender Men – desire to intimidate and control; self-defense Women – loss of self-control; self- defense Men and women self-report similar levels of physical aggression Men use more severe forms of violence; women 3 to 4x more likely to report injuries

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