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Unformatted text preview: t her abuser Violence Against Women Violence Against Women Represents an abuse of power in a misogynist culture (misogynist means a hatred of women) Still a notion that women are responsible for male sexual behavior (rape victims are often asked about their sexual histories) Privacy and stigma make reporting difficult (many rapes, sexual assaults, and abuse go unreported) Characteristics of Abuse Characteristics of Abuse Starts with controlling behavior (monitoring, criticizing your actions, preventing or discouraging you from seeing family and friends) Rarely an isolated event Becomes more violent over time May start or become worse during pregnancy Cycle of Violence Cycle of Violence Phase One: Increased tension (arguing) Phase Two: Battering (commits violent act) Phase Three: Calm (promising it won’t happen again) Linking Violence to Male Power Linking Violence to Male Power “An important part of our work is getting men and boys to look at how power, inequality, and the ability to do violence to others are structured into social relationships in this country” (Allen and Kivel) Research Studies Defining Rape Menachem Amir – early 1960s concluded that rapists were generally “normal” men who knew their victims Susan Brownmiller and Diana Russell – mid 1970s defined date rape whe...
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- Spring '07