Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault:
(CRM/SOCL 550 & WMST 560)
The webpage for this class was
originally prepared as part of my involvement in Eastern Michigan University's
Instructional Technology Across the Curriculum Workshop (2000)
2001 Class ~ Fall 2000
I'll be updating this page regularly, so you may need to use the RELOAD or
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REQUIRED: (Winter 04)
Helen M. Eigenberg, Woman Battering in the United
States: Till Death Do Us Part. (Waveland 2000)
Russell P. Dobash, Rebecca Emerson Dobash, Kate Cavanagh
& Ruth Lewis, Changing Violent Men
Diana Scully, Understanding Sexual Violence : A Study of Convicted
Rapists. (Routledge June 1994).
National Institute of Justice The
Sexual Victimization of College Women. This is a large
adobe acrobat file (80 pages); there are also instructions for ordering a free
paper copy, but do so early. (to order the free copy, you need the
title of the publication and its # - NCJ 182369)
Laura L. O'Toole & Jessica R. Schiffman (Editor),
Interdisciplinary Perspectives (New York University Press March 1997)
Jean Kilbourne, Deadly
Persuasion: Why Women and Girls Must Fight the Addictive
Power of Advertising (Free Press 1999)
Harvey Wallace, Family Violence: Legal, Medical & Social Perspectives,
3rd ed. (Allyn & Bacon 2001)
Jeff Benedict, Public Heroes, Private
Felons: Athletes & Crimes Against Women. (Northeastern University
Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Surviving the Silence: Black Women's Stories of
Rape. (W.W. Norton & Company 2000)
Susan Weitzman, Not
to People Like Us : Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages. Basic Books;
ISBN: 0465090737 (September 5, 2000)
resource if you're looking for books or journal articles: Bibliography
of MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Sexual Assault Benchbook (courts.michigan.gov) has the latest information on procedures and the state of the
law. It is a comprehensive sourcebook for information on the impact of the crime on victims, Michigan's sexual assault related statutes, including applicable defenses, special courtroom procedures that protect the rights of victims, witnesses, and defendants, scientific evidence, post-conviction and sentencing matters, and bond and discovery.
Schedule for Reading and
additional information about assignments and grading ~ More
information on Plagiarism and citing internet sources
|week 1: 1/7
Introduction & Greeting
The exercise from the first
class - the article "Trains" about the guys and the young black girl
was was from Men
& Masculinity by Cohen. It was originally written by Nathan
McCall and appeared in his book, Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America
|week 2: 1/14
Violence Against Women
Eigenberg , ch p
1 - 55
Go to the Human Rights
Watch Global Report on Women's Human Rights. Find a chapter that looks
interesting and read through it (there are 7 chapters).
a 3-4 page paper summarizing the information you read. Make sure to include all
subsections and review the general recommendations for change if you do the
Human Rights Watch reading. Be prepared to give a brief presentation to the
class on that chapter.
Soldiers With Dolls and Blue Hair Gel
- Rape and Despair Turn Liberian Girls Into Armed Fighters: More than 14 years of fighting in Liberia has made rape as common as looting or gunshot wounds. Robbed of their dignity, forced to flee their homes and left emotionally dazed, some young women decided to pick up weapons. They joined government or rebel forces to avenge family members raped or killed by the other side. Some said they took up arms simply to defend themselves. But once they became soldiers, many teenage girls found that they were still being raped -- by their commanders and fellow soldiers, according to health workers and the girls.
The United Nations' Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women
and see Kerry Cuomo's book, Speak
Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World.
There's a pretty slick, informative website
to support the book.
See also the main
Human Rights Watch page for Women's issues.
|week 3: 1/21
Victims of Domestic Violence: A Substantive and Methodological Research
|week 4: 1/28
||Eigenberg , ch
p 129 - 196
Read Why Some Battered Women Sometimes
Stay. Briefly discuss what the most important points were to you, and
review how she explains about loving someone who is abusive.
|week 5: 2/4
||Eigenberg , p
197 - 268; and 327- 357
1-2 page paper outlining your term paper topic and the resources you have
identified to do it.
Court Clearinghouse [information
on violence against American Indian, Alaskan Native and First Nations
women. Great page with links that also are relevant to all women.]
|week 6: 2/11
|Dobash, Intro +
Write a 1-2 page review and commentary of the Catholic Social Services
program, Alternatives to Domestic
Aggression. Please make sure to include ADA philosophy,
Policies and FAQ.
Recommended: From the
Domestic Violence resources at StopViolence,
find the link to the Nashville Police Department and go to the “Guide to
Domestic Violence and Risk Assessment”.
|week 7: 2/18
Dobash, 3 - 4
got flowers today (so everything is Ok...)
Feb 23 -
27 NO CLASSES - WINTER RECESS
|week 8: 3/3
Dobash, 5 – 6
Go to the page for Men’s
Groups Working to End Violence Against Women. Explore one of the
websites and write a 1-2 page paper discussing the content of the website
and your reactions to it.
"Stalking" examines the problem of stalking and the factors that contribute to it, reviews responses to the
problem, and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice.
p, .pdf: National Inst of Justice & Natl Center for Victims of Crime)
|week 9: 3/10
Dobash, 7 - 9
Write a 2 page paper summarizing one
of the following articles:
Recommended: while the Dobashs claim some
success, other evaluations are less optimistic. See Do Batterer Intervention Programs Work? Two Studies
(September 2003 National Inst of Justice).
See also, Batterer Intervention Programs: Where Do We Go From Here?
(June 2003, NIJ).
|week 10: 3/17
Rape & Sexual Assault
ch 1 – 2; Cathy
Winkler, Rape As Social Murder
Recommended: Want to know what
else you can do right now to help? Click
here. There are some other ideas for social change
|week 11: 3/24
Prison Rape paper: Follow up on one of
the links and write a two page paper highlighting what you thought were
the compelling issues raised by the information found there. Be prepared
to share you research with the class. For more on human rights violations of
women in US prisons, see "Not Part of My Sentence"
(Amnesty International). For more information about rape in men's prisons,
go to Human
Rights Watch: No Escape
(click on 'Read the report' - focus on sections IV, V, VI, & VIII).
the Silence: Black Women's Stories of Rape
Recommended Website: Stop Prison Rape
|week 12: 3/31
ch 6 - 7 & Afterword
We will also be talking about how to
support a woman who has been raped. Please do a search
for information on emotional issues and/or practical advice on evidence
|week 13: 3/7
Sexual Victimization of College Women and write a 3 page paper
outlining what you thought was the most important information. (Please
read the report and not the press release.) This is a large .pdf/
adobe acrobat file; there are also instructions for ordering a free
paper copy, but do so early.
|week 14: 4/14
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