Speech 1000 Welch
Topic: Sexual abuse is a common and controversial issue that can happen to and or affect all of us. Purpose: To inform the audience about the effects sexual abuse can have, and why it matters.
I. Attention getter: Do you know a friend or family member who has been sexually abused? Or maybe you have experienced sexual abuse yourself? Are you aware of the psychological and developmental effects it can have on you or someone you may know? Chances are, you don’t—while sexual abuse is common, may people do not speak up, and the problem goes unrecognized. II. Motivation: It is important to know how our experiences affect us because if we remain ignorant, we risk never understanding why we are who we are or why we make the choices we make. I know from experience how important it is to be educated on this topic. III. Thesis claim: Sexual abuse is a growing issue that often goes unreported because people do not know the effects the experience can have, but it holds significant value. IV. Preview of main points: First I will provide you with a more concise understanding of sexual abuse. Then I will articulate the effects this kind of exploitation can have. Additionally, I will discuss how to recognize and potentially prevent abuse. Finally, I hope to emphasize the importance of the matter. (Transition: Before we explore the effects of sexual abuse, we must fully understand what it is.) * Body
I. First let’s distinguish exactly what it is.
A. Most people associate sexual abuse with rape, however, sexual abuse is defined as any situation in which a person threatens, forces, or manipulates another person into sexual activity. According to author Elaine Cabinum-Foeller, MD and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, abusers engage in unwanted sexual violence “[their] own sexual stimulation…” (Source 1: expert testimony) B. Sex offenders can be...