Prof. Flanagan Enc. 1101 01 December 2011 Predators are Walking, Victims not Talking Crimes of rape are going unpunished. In a majority of rape cases the woman will never come forward to press charges against her assailant. This is because victims are treated very poorly by our court systems, health providers, police officers and public opinions. This is allowing predators to walk free from their crimes and allowing them to potentially assault others. A victim is not the person who committed the crime. There should be steps taken to provide victims with the help and compassion that they need. Victims are afraid to speak out and file charges because in a high number of cases the offender is someone that they know. Buddie and Miller claim “[s]omewhere in America a woman is raped approximately every 2 minutes” (139). This statistic is stating that 30 women are sexually assaulted every hour and 720 women are assaulted every day. These are crimes that are going unpunished. Bryden and Lengnick report that “[m]ost rapes are perpetrated by acquaintances of the victim: lovers, dates, co- workers, neighbors and relatives” (1202-03). These cases are the hardest to prove in a court of law, especially if the victim had prior sexual relations with her assailant or if her assailant was someone she knew. The more you are familiar with your attacker the harder it is to prove. Bryden and Lengnick state “[n]early every decision maker in the process seeks alternatives [to prosecutions] for criminal acts between relatives, friends and acquaintances” (1215). When this happens the original charges get dropped and a lesser charge is established. A plea bargain is usually offered and the original crime goes unpunished. Patterson, Greeson, and Campbell point out that “[s]urvivors who were raped by a known offender were less likely to seek help than those raped by a stranger” (128). Victims are more afraid to come forward when they know their assailant. They harbor feelings of guilt and blame themselves for the crime that was committed against them. They feel that since they knew their assailant that no one is going to believe them. Victims fear being stereotyped based on public opinions. Buddie and Miller stated “[s]tereotypes about rape victims include the notions that she asked to be raped, secretly enjoyed the experience, or lied about it” (139). Stereotyping seems to be a way of justifying the crime. It is a way to shift blame from the assailant to the victim. Edward and Macleod say “[t]he tendency for others to reinterpret or recategorize a sexual assault […] is by saying that the rape was not a real rape or that the victim contributed to it in some way” (40). For example, she knew her assailant so how can that be rape, or she asked for it because of the way she dresses. These are just other angles for taking the severity out of the crime, and pointing blame at the victim. Edward and Macleod also emphasize, “[w]hat is apparent from these societal beliefs about rape is that they appear to have no biases in reality and yet have the potential to produce and sustain damaging biases towards the victims of sexual violence” (46). Victims are already afraid and should not have to fear being blamed, being stereotyped or discriminated against. It would be more beneficial to focus more on the assailant and less on stereotyping the victim. Victims want to avoid being stereotyped in court. Edward and Macleod believe, “[t]he more stereotypical the beliefs about rape, the more responsibility were attributed to the victim and less to the assailant” (41). The more they use stereotypical instances in court the more it looks as though the victim is the one who is at fault for what happened. Victims are not at fault and stereotyping should not be used against the victim in a court of law. Buddie and Miller state “[r]ape victims may be perceived as suffering afterwards,…
Dead Man Walking
Prejean’s relationship and mood toward Patrick Sonnier changes drastically throughout the book. It goes from being a nervous jailhouse spiritual adviser to an attached close friend of the inmate. All of the inmates that she dealt with came to enjoy her company and help trying to get them out of the death penalty. Prejean was a very compassionate and loving individual, or at least that is the image that she put up throughout the book. She even was compassionate…
“Dead Man Walking”
Dead Man Walking is a movie about a convicted murderer on death row and it shows the viewer about the issues of capital punishment as well as how the courts react to it and is based on a true story that occurred between the real Sister Helen Prejean and other prisoners on death row. Matthew Poncelet is the convicted murderer for murdering two teenagers who were together as a couple, but he really wants to overturn his death sentence ad claims to be innocent even though he admitted…
been raped during their lifetimes. (Breiding, Matthew) There are many different arguments that are placed on this specific topic, some people believe that certain individuals dress inappropriate with revealing clothing which give predators the impression that the victim desires more than a friendly conversation. Studies show that once a sex offender commits a crime or a sexual oriented action, they will most likely commit the same if not worse action of that gratitude. How do you stop sex offenders…
that cannot physically take care of themselves (Wold, 2011). These victims are being neglected, both physically and mentally abused, and being exploited by those that they trust to care for them. These victims could be abused in several different ways, in several different places, and by several different people. It is the job of an investigator to determine what is happening to the victims, figure out a program to help the victims in need, prepare detailed narrative reports that will be presented…
System. According to the readings, there are people participate in evil and eventually “wake up”. The awareness of the “other” as a human being breaks the cycle of evil. It alters one’s world views and salvation is achieved. In the book, Dead Man Walking, the “others” are the death row inmates in American prisons. It is the judicial system that has implanted such attitudes towards criminals in our minds, where we recognize criminals as “others”. According to Christian beliefs, God is perfect, lacking…
Running Head: "Lockdown"
Predators Behind Bars
CJ-2511 Corrections Services
Instructor: Kevin Dooley
November 28, 2011
Predators Behind Bars
The National Geographic series "Lockdown" Predators Behind Bars uncovers the financial struggle between gangs in prison. The show also examines the challenges of new inmates and new correctional officers. Ironically…
Graham was once an ordinary teenager, living a life like every boy his age, until the day he awoke from a suicide attempt feeling as though his brain were dead. Graham was then diagnosed with the rare mental disorder, cotard’s delusion. "I loss my sense of smell and taste. I didn't need to eat, speak, or do anything," Graham explains. "I ended up spending time in the graveyard because that was the closest I could get to death." The doctors explained his condition like no other…
It was a holiday and I decided to wake up early in order not to become lazy. I have to get early each work day, because I am a cadet. I woke up at 5 in the morning, I looked throw the window, I could notice that it was still dark. Furthermore, I could see only few stars in the sky.
Even though, it was very cold and snowing, I got dressed and I decided to go to the beautiful lake that is above in my village. When I was a child the lake was the place where I spent the…
May 4, 2015
Opposite yet Familiar
Though many people may reject the idea that Iago from “Othello” and Shane Walsh from “The Walking Dead” share the same vile characteristics, it can be easily displayed through their jealous acts, manipulative ways, and selfish behaviors. The two characters are total opposites in ways of time, and decade but the characteristic make up is familiar. This research will provide not only an analysis of each character and…
safety and/or security officers in the Pierce
Victim and Witness Interviewing Module
Identify the three stages of victim/witness
Discuss the importance of building rapport.
Discuss proper questioning techniques used
during an interview.
Discuss how to conduct effective interviews.
Discuss the three stages of Psychological First
Victim and Witness Interviewing
Proper Interviewing Techniques Will
Produce information that…