Sample Paper on Rape Culture, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Awareness

How do the agents of socialization (family, school, mass media, workplace) promote rape culture? Give examples. 

Nowadays, most of our daily adult interactions are done at the workplace, at home, and through social media. For children, most of their interactions revolve around school, family, and mass media. The agents of socialization (family, school, mass media, and workplace) promote rape culture by encouraging men to subscribe to values of dominance and control, patriarchy, anger, and aggression over women. Additionally, the same agents of socialization discourage men from showing signs of vulnerability, weakness, and emotions. Thus, due to agents of socialization, our society has become a rape culture since it promotes and encourages rape by teaching males and females that it is normal and natural for sexual relations to involve aggressive behavior on the parts of males. Rape culture is used to describe a society that trivializes rape, disbelieves rape victims, makes it hard to prosecute rape, and does not consider rape as a legitimate, serious problem. The coverage of crimes such as sexual assault and misconduct by the media can shape the attitudes, beliefs, behavior, and opinions of people concerning rape culture. Generally, what gets disseminated by the mass media is not always 100 percent factual or truthful. Moreover, workplace policies concerning sexual assault mold the behavior and attitude of employees and customers towards rape culture. People must envision a relationship between the sexes that involves sharing, warmth, and equality, and bring about a social system in which those values are fostered to end rape culture (Stiebert 9).

Does your assigned college clearly explain policies regarding the above? Explain. Discuss what your college does about these issues. Do they provide counseling?

Ohio State University defines sexual assault as non-consensual sexual contact and non-consensual sexual intercourse. In case of policy violation, the institution takes action, either individual or systemic, to stop the alleged sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, eliminate any hostile environment, and remedy the discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, as appropriate (Sexual Misconduct 4).

                        Yes, Ohio State University clearly explains policies regarding sexual assault in its sexual misconduct policy. The purpose of the policy is to maintain an environment for work and study free from sexual misconduct (Sexual Misconduct 4). The policy defines expectations for the university community and establishes mechanisms for determining when those expectations have been violated (Sexual Misconduct 4).

                        Ohio State University handles cases of sexual assault with great concern. According to Sexual Misconduct (3), the university has a compelling obligation to address allegations and suspected instances of sexual misconduct when it knows or should have known information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that this policy has been violated. Further, the university may take appropriate action, including informing the accused of the allegations and pursuing an investigation even in cases in which the complainant is reluctant to proceed (Sexual Misconduct 4). If such cases occur, the victim is notified beforehand. Moreover, university members who have experienced sexual assault are given counseling and support services by the university.

Look at the UHD online student handbook.  Do you think that the University of Houston-Downtown has engaged in practices that condone or condemn this behavior? Explain.

 

The University of Houston-Downtown has engaged in practices that condemn rape cultures, for instance, through setting up sexual assault awareness campaigns and strengthening and maintaining a stabilized learning and working environment where scholars, staff members, the faculty, and visitors are free from sexual assault and discrimination.

In conclusion, the agents of socialization (family, school, mass media, and workplace) promote rape culture by encouraging men to subscribe to values of dominance and control, patriarchy, anger, and aggression over women. This should not be the norm, and the culture of rape should be dealt away with so as to protect both women and men from sexual violation. Educating the masses and creating awareness on the issue of rape culture and the consequences of sexual assault are some of the solutions to the problem.

 

Works Cited

“Sexual Misconduct Policy, 1.15.” Available at: https://policies.osu.edu/assets/docs/policy_pdfs/SexualMisconduct_FINAL.pdf  (2019).

Stiebert, Johanna. “Denying Rape Culture: A response to Luke Gittos.”Women’s Studies Journal 32.1/2 (2018): 63-72.