Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Women Keeping Quiet

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There have been and continue to be a lot of women who have been raped and do not say anything about it at all or for years to come as we have learned in chapter 10.  Women have many reasons why they do not go to someone for help.  One reason is because a lot are in shock and they think that if they don’t think about it hardly at all that it will simply go away.  Another reason is guilt.  A lot of women who are raped feel like it’s their fault because they didn’t do something to stop it and if they would have done maybe just one thing different they wouldn’t have been in the situation.  They may even feel shameful and even though they didn’t do something to deserve it, they could feel like they did.  All three of those reasons are the sad truth why some women don’t seek medical attention for being raped.  It isn’t the person who got raped fault and it’s terrifying to know something so bad has made them think they actually deserved it.

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