Module 4 Reflection

How does the likelihood of victimization vary across gender? Include statistics/figures about gender differences in violent victimization.

There are many different studies and statistics involving violence against women. Girls are four times more likely to be a victim of sexual abuse. Globally, one and three women will experience gender-based violence. Research shows over and over than women are more likely to be victims of rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. Girls/Women also have higher rates of exposure to ACEs and experience more forms of ACEs than boys.

Explain what gender-based violence is and why certain types of victimization are especially important to consider among women.

Gender based violence is any form of violence directed at someone because of their gender. There were four types explained in the video. First, psychological which causes emotional harm. Second, is economic violence. This is any action that causes economic harm including (but not limited to) stopping someone from working or going to school, keeping money from a person, taking money from them, and controlling all the money. These first two types of violence cannot be seen. The third type is physical which is any action that causes physical harm. This is the most known type of violence against women. Finally sexual violence which is forcing someone, because of their gender, to perform sexual acts.

How does fear of crime vary across gender? What is the typical media portrayal of crime/victimization (i.e., who is "the perfect victim")? What are the consequences of the media's biased reporting?

Women fear victimization/violence more than men. This is because of gender norms and socialization. Women are taught at a young age how to protect themselves, which situations to avoid, and how to "behave" all in the name of staying safe and avoiding becoming a victim of a crime (especially sexual assault). Men are taught at a young age that they are tough and can be safe just about anywhere they go.

The media tends to report on crimes that show "the perfect victim". These are the victims who we easily feel sympathy for because they lead a good life, were "perfect" people (well behaved, lived in a good part of town, had a good job/family, etc. The media leads us to believe that there are more White women victims than Black or Latina victims, but this is not true. There are more Black and Latina victims of SA, DV, and IPV than White victims. Police are more inclined to solve a case when there is media attention, so they work harder on the ones in the news. These are usually white women. When the crimes of WOC are not reported, the police are less likely to work those cases. Those women are seen as having less worth. Our perceptions as citizens are affected and the Criminal Justice system is affected by the media's choice in who to report on and how they report it.

Reflect on your learning experience for this module

This was an interesting module. I liked the part about the media because I had never really thought about the representation of victims in the media. When I started thinking about it, I realized that the news reports on white women more. This leads me to believe there are more white victims of crimes, and that I am in more danger. Statistically this is not accurate. When I start to think about it, if all lives are going to matter, then all victims deserve equal "airtime". I already believe what they were wearing, doing, or where they were at has nothing to do with them being a victim. It's disheartening that the media (based on Dr. Slakoff's study), reported differently on Black victims than White victims.

I enjoyed all the interactivities. The videos were all interesting to me. The one with Dr. Slakoff was very informative, but it was weird to watch a recording of a Zoom where she was addressing other students. I was presented with a lot of new knowledge in this module. It also provided me a different way of looking at things. One thing I found difficult was the discussion board. My brain went to how they portray perpetrators versus victims. That was easy to find; young men who commit SA are usually portrayed as boys with bright futures who made a mistake. I had to Google and work to find a victim portrayal. I guess it's because I never thought about it.

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