Major Department

Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2018

Honors Major Advisor

Neiman, Maurine

Thesis Mentor

Greenough, Paul R


Using research from across disciplines such as Criminology, Feminist Theory, and Social Psychology, the following paper presents a case for the restructuring of the present understanding of violence, victims, survivors, and perpetrators. The current definitions and understandings of each of these topics are narrow caricatures which results in the exclusion of many instances of violence. I complicate our understandings of victims and of perpetrators, to allow people thought of as unable to perpetrate violence, to be held accountable and those thought as unable to be victimized to be believed.


Violence, Gender, Race, Feminism, Language

Total Pages

55 pages


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