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Research Paper OutlineI.Introduction (page 1)A.Story or something to set the stagefor the issueB.Statement of the problem (define the problem? why is it important?)C.Thesis statement (sum up what the paper will be about, list the specific problems we will address)II.Body Section 1 (2-3 pages)A.Extent of the problem (how prevalent is it today?)1.What is happening?2.Why is it a concern?B.Who is affected/ how are they affected?1.Examples2.Stories (personal? or current event)3.FactsIII.Body Section 2 (3 pages)A.Symbolic Interactionism and Gender-Based ViolenceB.Conflict Theory and Gender-Based ViolenceC.Functionalism and Gender-Based ViolenceIV.Body Section 3 (1 page)A.Possible Solutions1.What will work?2.What won’t work?3.Possible oppositionsV.Conclusion (1-2 paragraphs)A.Relate back to introductionB.Restate thesis SOC103-504 April2018ViolenceAgainst Women
When you think of “the most pervasive yet least recognizedhuman rights abuse in the world,” what comes to mind (Kiesey, 2000)? Consider a conflictthat has existed for so long it has become commonplace, with more people accepting itas an unfortunate reality rather than taking action to fight it. According to the United Nations,gender-based violence is defined as a description of“acts which result in physical, sexual,or mental harm or suffering to women.”History has often seen women on the “receiving end”of injustice on the basis of gender. Domestic abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, murder,and inhibited freedom are harrowing realities faced by women all over the world. We will utilizesociological theories to analyze this issue from varying perspectives in order to provide an accurateunderstanding of gender-based violence. While we understand that violence is not experiencedby one gender exclusively, we will focus on how this problem affects womenspecifically. Gender-based violence is avery critical issue in the world today, affecting a substantial amount of the world’s population.It is an issue that has transcended time and culture alike with at least one third of all women experiencingsome form of gender-based violence in their lifetime(UNICEF, 2003). Despite its pervasiveness,it remains a controversial and taboo topic to discuss. There are several reasons whypeople find it difficult to talk about gender-based violence. Firstly,it is a social issue thataffects people in a deeply personal way, as they might have either experienced it in their own livesor may know someone who has experienced it. Another reason why gender-based violence is such acontroversial issue is because it is one of the few crimes where the victims are often brought more shamethan the offender. To further understand this predicament,we will apply the sociological imagination to the issue of gender-based violence. Sociological imagination,looking at the behaviors and attitudes
of people in the context of the social forcesthat shape them, enables us to put ourselves in the place of survivors of gender-based violencebefore we pass judgement. Victims of gender-based