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DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Lisette Grisales – Rape Culture & American Society

Name: Lisette Grisales

Driving Question:  How is Rape Culture Perpetuated in American Society?

Why I selected the project: I selected to do my year-long senior project on Rape Culture because in today’s society it’s very prevalent and everyone is affected by it, so I kind of wanted to inform people about the harmful effects and influences this culture has on our upcoming generation.

Description of the research/conclusion and the product:  Rape culture is the normalization of sexual violence against women which is being excused in the media and popular culture. We are exposed to these actions on an everyday basis from the social media that we have at the tips of our fingertips, to the morals we teach our younger kids, and victim blaming. Our society has created an unsafe environment for sexual assault victims where victims are constantly degraded, blamed, or ignored. The reason why we should care is because every 98 seconds an American citizen is sexually assaulted and just because it hasn’t happened to you personally doesn’t mean it isn’t happening around you. So I came together with several students and teachers at Discovery High School to create a pledge quilt, each participant pledged to take a stand against rape culture and make a difference. The pledges range from “I pledge to not be a bystander” to “I pledge to support sexual assault victims”. My quilt is displayed at the Options of Burke County in Morganton, NC where this non-profit organization shelters women of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Lisette Grisales and her senior project


About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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