Example Outline Sexual Abuse Essay

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Informative Speech Assignment: “Sexual Abuse” Speech 1000 Welch Example Outline Topic: Sexual abuse is a common and controversial issue that can happen to and or affect all of us. Purpose: To inform the audience about the effects sexual abuse can have, and why it matters. * Introduction I. Attention getter: Do you know a friend or family member who has been sexually abused? Or maybe you have experienced sexual abuse yourself? Are you aware of the psychological and developmental effects it can have on you or someone you may know? Chances are, you don’t—while sexual abuse is common, may people do not speak up, and the problem goes unrecognized. II. Motivation: It is important to know how our experiences affect us…show more content…
(Source 2: expert testimony) (Transition: Now that you have a better understanding, let us examine the devastating effects abuse can have.) II. Victims of sexual abuse can and have experienced psychological and developmental issues. A. Pediatric Emergency Medicine reports that an estimated one in four girls and one in six have experienced some form of sexual abuse by the time they are 18 years old. (Source 3: Statistic) B. Sexual coercion has been linked to suicidal thoughts/attempts, depression, and alcohol use. From experience, I know that being sexually abused is like being the prey, waiting alone in the woods for the hunter to come along. Unfortunately for some, that hunter happens to live under the same roof, and alone in the woods, alone in my room, I felt like prey every time I heard his footsteps walking down the hall. This certainly led to suicidal thoughts, so I can relate to the findings of suicide attempts reporting among assault victims. (Analogy) C. School Psychology Quarterly reports an estimated 7.4% of U.S. students have been sexually assaulted, and those who had been abused reported more suicide attempts then those who have not. (Source 4: Statistic). They are also more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, behavioral difficulties (i.e. aggression), lower academic achievement, etc. D. Jessica Thurchik, psychologist
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