Protections for Marginalised Women in University Sexual Violence Policies

Abstract

Higher education institutions in four of the top 20 wealthiest nations globally (measured by GDP per capita) undermine gender equality by failing to address sexual violence perpetrated against women with marginalised identities. By analysing student sexual violence policies from 80 higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, I argue that these policies fail to account for the ways that race, sexuality, class and disability shape women’s experiences of sexual violence. Further, these deficiencies counteract efforts to achieve gender equality by tacitly denying women who experience violence access to education and health care. The conclusion proposes policy alterations designed to address the complex needs of women with marginalised identities who experience violence, including implementing cultural competency training and increasing institution-sponsored health care services for sexual violence survivors.

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Published: 2020-02-24
Pages:13 to 30
Section:Articles
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Author Biography

Columbia University
 United States

Amelia Roskin-Frazee is a student at Columbia University majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on gender, mass incarceration, and violence. Outside of academia, she runs an organization that donates books about sexuality and gender identity to youth and is an organizer for an intersectional anti-sexual violence group in New York.