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Research Paper Outline I. Introduction (page 1) A. Story or something to set the stage for the issue B. 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. Examples 2. Stories (personal? or current event) 3. Facts III. Body Section 2 (3 pages) A. Symbolic Interactionism and Gender-Based Violence B. Conflict Theory and Gender-Based Violence C. Functionalism and Gender-Based Violence IV. Body Section 3 (1 page) A. Possible Solutions 1. What will work? 2. What won’t work? 3. Possible oppositions V. Conclusion (1-2 paragraphs) A. Relate back to introduction B. Restate thesis SOC 103-50 4 April 2018 Violence Against Women
When you think of “the most pervasive yet least recognized human rights abuse in the world,” what comes to mind (Kiesey, 2000)? Consider a conflict that has existed for so long it has become commonplace, with more people accepting it as 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 utilize sociological theories to analyze this issue from varying perspectives in order to provide an accurate understanding of gender-based violence. While we understand that violence is not experienced by one gender exclusively, we will focus on how this problem affects women specifically. Gender-based violence is a very 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 experiencing some 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 why people find it difficult to talk about gender-based violence. Firstly, it is a social issue that affects people in a deeply personal way, as they might have either experienced it in their own lives or may know someone who has experienced it. Another reason why gender-based violence is such a controversial issue is because it is one of the few crimes where the victims are often brought more shame than 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 forces that shape them, enables us to put ourselves in the place of survivors of gender-based violence before we pass judgement. Victims of gender-based

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