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How Investigators Can Work With Victim’s of Sexual Trauma

There is a vast array of events that can fall under the definition of trauma. Some are, for the most part, unavoidable such as natural disasters. Trauma experienced after a natural disaster can affect anyone within the scope of the disaster regardless of age or gender. Then there are traumas that happen because of abuse. Like with natural disasters, trauma because of abuse can affect anyone of any age or gender. But these are largely preventable, though not usually by the victim. And then there is sexual trauma. “Sexual violence and aggression are some of the most stressful of all human life experiences” (Shors et...

Women Boycott Twitter

After the whole debacle with Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassment allegations, women took to social media to vent their frustrations, including A-list actresses who revealed allegations of Weinstein's sexual advances. Rose McGowan has been “temporarily suspend from twitter following her comments about the Harvey Weinstein controversy” (Director 2017, n.p.) explains this Good Morning America cover story. Despite Twitter's attempt to rid their site of McGowan, once suspended her message began trending in the form of hashtags: #WomenBoycottTwitter. The hashtag urged women to boycott twitter on Friday October 13th because of its poor method of addressing free speech and abuse. Women expressed their complaints on how the...

The Rise of Sexual Assault and it’s Outdated Systems of Treatment

Rape. Whether it be the consonance associated with the “R” and “P” sounds or the meaning behind them, rape is often a trigger word filled with explosive connotations. In order to assist rape victims in their recovery through encouraged communication, the emotional baggage that accompanies the word rape--thereby making it an uncomfortable subject--often tells the assaulted to repress their need to share. Unsurprisingly, politics play a large role in the perpetuated silence surrounding rape. Rape cases are regularly dealt with on a state to state basis. Many states contain differing processes and laws regarding rape and/or abusive allegations. Sadly, victims of rape are often disbelieved even...