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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