Sexual Assault Argument Analysis

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Recently female college students have come forward stating they were forced to participate in sexual acts without consent, there are steps being made in our society to bring awareness to this issue. The advertisement chosen presents us with a living room setting and a woman who is alone. The woman is wearing a dress & tights. Beside the couch we see the woman's high heeled shoes on the floor, suggesting she has just returned from a night out. The woman is clearly intoxicated and unconscious, this is proven by the wine bottles surrounding her on the floor; her hand has also fallen off the couch and is shown cradling an empty wine glass. The text within the photo states "Just because she isn't saying no.....doesn't mean she is saying yes. Sex…show more content…
This The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism did a study on why alcohol use leads to more sexual assault cases. "General alcohol consumption could be related to sexual assault through multiple path-ways. First, men who often drink heavily are also likely do so in social situations that frequently lead to sexual assault (e.g., on a casual or spontaneous date at a party or bar). Second, heavy drinkers may routinely use intoxication as an excuse for engaging in socially unacceptable behavior, including sexual assault (Abbey et al. 1996b). Third, certain personality characteristics (e.g., impulsivity and antisocial behavior) may increase men’s propensity both to drink heavily and to commit sexual assault (Seto and Barbaree 1997)." Based on the findings we can conclude that not every man who drinks alcohol will commit sexual assault; however mixing certain personality characteristics with alcohol can lead to behavior the perpetrator may not act on if he was of sound mind. Sexual assault has been a serious issue in our culture, it has been headlining the newspapers more often in recent years. Brock Turner is one name that comes to mind when addressing this issue. He was a swimmer for Stanford University and was caught raping an intoxicated, unconcious woman behind a dumpster on campus. His trial made headlines for months. Specifically because he was only sentenced to six months in jail and probation, despite being found guilty of sexual assault. In this case alcohol was also a factor for the assailant and
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