ERIC Number: ED371248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Educating Against Gender-Based Violence.
Robbin, Debra J.; And Others
Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center Digest, Oct 1992
In the primary article, the societal norms that encourage violence against women are reviewed, from both the current and historical viewpoints. Violence in all its forms when used on adolescent women is a contributing factor in many other problems. Both young men and young women learn stereotypes and misinformation about women provoking violence through their behavior and fail to realize the issue is power over women. These stereotypes are learned, and schools can play a part in education for nonviolence. A number of techniques are suggested, including teaching gender equity, violence prevention, conflict resolution, health education, and peer leadership. These should be supplemented with staff training, curriculum integration, parent involvement, support services for both male and female victims, and rehabilitation and disciplinary programs. A secondary article in the digest, "Conference on Sexual Violence and Adolescents Highlights Need for Treatment and Intervention," by Michele Caterina, reports on a Massachusetts conference -- Sexual Assault and Adolescents: A Hidden Epidemic. The conference dealt with four topics: (1) the limits violence imposes on victims; (2) abused people often become abusers; (3) widespread societal violence; and (4) males are raised to expect power and be aggressive. Underlying these topics is the theme that stereotypes which portray violence against women as normal are apparent throughout American society. Adolescents are susceptible to these stereotypes, especially if they see them in their own lives or in the media. (KM)
Descriptors: Aggression, Battered Women, Child Abuse, Emotional Response, Family Violence, Females, Rape, Victims of Crime, Violence
Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel St., Newton MA 02160.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA. Center for Equity and Cultural Diversity.