Monday, April 10, 2017

Research Blog #7: Frame and Project

Due to the fact that sexual assault on college campuses is such a widespread issue across the United States, it was hard to narrow my paper into a specific frame of analysis. After reading many articles and watching a few documentaries, I became intrigued on the victim's experience. Specifically, I am interested as to why the vast majority of college women refrain from reporting rape to administrations or police. This issue also makes me wonder, why do victims feel as though they must keep their experience more of a private issue than a public one. A lot of my resources and direct quotations are from the academic article titled Campus Sexual Assault: College Women Respond written by Lauren J. Germain. The author interviewed and collected stories from 26 women who have been victims of sexual assault. All of the women who were interviewed gave different reasons as to why they reported it the way they did or why they chose not to. A common reason why women chose not to report the crime was because of "the risk associated with the use of the labels 'rape' and 'sexual assault' because once such labels are applied, one can become subject to the scrutiny, experiences, and identities associated with the victim label" (Germain 54).  Women do not want to ruin their reputations, be acknowledged as a victim, or go through the due processes of prosecuting their perpetrator. Not only that, college women find it difficult to report the crime to college administrations because they either do not know how or they know that the college will not do anything about it. Overall, it is interesting to me to see the different ways women respond to sexual assault and if we can figure out common victim responses; we can help them feel comfortable reporting the crime and pursuing the justice that they deserve. 

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