ERIC Number: ED163302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Freeing Our Lives: A Feminist Analysis of Rape Prevention.
Graff, Sunny; And Others
The factors which contribute to women's vulnerability to rape are a lack of information about and understanding of rape; women's subordinate relationship to men; socially reinforced physical weakness and passivity; isolation from other women; isolation in the community. Prevention means more than just reducing the incidence of rape or providing security for some women. Prevention means eliminating rape so that all women will be free from the threat of assault. Some strategies which all women can implement to reduce our vulnerability include: (1) redefining rape in terms of shared knowledge and experience, thus making rape a public issue; (2) changing the power-dependence relationship between men and women in a patriarchal culture; (3) developing physical strength and skills, and gaining confidence in women's ability to assert their rights; (4) learning to recognize their power as a group; (5) organizing for common defense in neighborhoods and making women's safety a community priority. Women need to continue the work of developing strategies which will increase their strength, mobility, independence and freedom. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; Ohio State Univ., Columbus.
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