Gender Based Violence

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Gender based violence/Double victimization

One form of gender based violence is sexual assault. Sexual assault is any inappropriate sexual touch by someone who was not given the right to do so. Women are by far more likely to be a victim of sexual assault then a man is. Sexual assault happens all over the world. In the state I live in, sexual assault is the second highest crime committed by criminals. There are so many sexual assaults that go unreported. Women fear of retaliation, people would blame them, and embarrassment. In the state I live in, sexual assault is tiered into 4 degrees; 1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree and 4th degree. The degrees are tiered based on what act the criminal performed. 1st degree has the highest penalty and it goes down from there. Sexual assault had life long effects on the victim. It is not like once the act is over the trauma is over. Victims of sexual assault are known to have reproductive issues, STD’s, and psychological issues. Another of form gender based violence is domestic violence. Domestic violence occurs between when an intimate partner uses violence against their partner. Domestic violence can range from physical abuse to psychological abuse. Victims of domestic violence are more likely women than men. Victims of domestic violence do not always tell someone about the incidents they have been subjected too. Victims of domestic violence have a tendency to blame themselves for their partner’s behaviors; they believe that if they would have done something different, or just have kept their mouth shut, the incident would not have occurred. Domestic violence is also seen as something that stays within the family, that no one else is too know. When there is a domestic violence call to the police department in the city I live in, one of the people are going to go to jail. The police take the aggressor to jail, even if the victim doesn’t want to press charges. This makes it easier for the victim to not blame themselves...
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