Tag Archives: Sexual violence

Elizabethan Freestone’s Stage Performance of the Rape of Lucrece: Lucrece’s Self-Representation as Victim in the Power Play of Men (Published)

The response to the story of rape in Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece has traditionally focused mainly on the literary representation of sexual violence or its political consequences. This paper uses Elizabeth Freestone’s adaptation of The Rape of Lucrece, staged at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012, to explore the tensions between the representation of rape from a female perspective and the dominant social, moral, and sexual discourses around rape that have shaped the reception of the poem.[1] This paper argues that Freestone’s adaptation, a mixture of narration and singing performed by Camille O’Sullivan, dramatizes sexual violence by transforming the physical experience of rape into narrative storytelling, which allows a more powerful and immediate way of witnessing the act of violence. While Freestone’s adaptation emphasizes a woman’s subjective experience, it also makes the audience feel a sense of shame for participating in a voyeuristic activity. More importantly, however, it goes beyond the traditional portrayal of male brutality and female innocence by having O’Sullivan perform the roles of both Tarquin and Lucrece. This adaptation allows us to see how rhetorical and physical sexual violence against women was embedded in the cultural apparatus of the objectification of women by men in early modern England; it also urges us to reflect on the existence of such violence in modern times, which is often concealed and more complex than in the past. 

[1] For this study, RAPE OF LUCRECE (filmed 20 March 2011) directed by Elizabeth Freestone was used. As for the film, see SBT DVD ref. RSC/TS/2/2/2001.RAP1 (running time 82 minutes).

Keywords: Camille O’sullivan, Rape, Sexual violence, doubling, objectification of women, the rape of Lucrece

Sexual Violence against Children: A Qualitative Exploration (Published)

Children are doubly vulnerable due to their age along with the other factors like gender. This paper is based on eleven case studies on children who were sexually violated in rural areas of Bangladesh within the period of 2011-2015. Apart from the causes and victim-perpetrator relationship the research shed light on victims’ action against the incidents and hindrance on the way to justice. This study is expected to provide with insights in planning an effective development intervention addressing sexual violence against children. The study found that the patriarchal ideology of relating women’s chastity to the ‘ideal’ women punishes the victims and let the perpetrators go unpunished. It suggests for the extensive work on traditional gender roles and power relations responsible for such violence. In addition, it recommends to adopt a holistic approach by addressing cultural and social values and stigma, as well as legal aspects to combat the issue.

Keywords: Marriage, Non government organization, Patriarchal Ideology, Rape, Sexual violence

JUCOs, Jocks, and Title IX: The Coach as the Dear Colleague guiding community college athletes (Published)

The “Dear Colleague Letter” distributed guidance to educational programs regarding Title IX in 2011.  In 2014, the Department of Education released the names of 55 schools that are under investigation for sexual violence. In turn, the fire storm around athletes and violence against women has brought new attention to the urgency to educate the college campus.  As community colleges craft their training programs and interventions, the athletic coach is an integral part in truly reaching community college student-athletes. This article reviews the Title IX policy, athletics’ unfortunate association with sexual violence, and the primary role an athletic coach can play in guiding players to compliant social justice within the framework on Title IX.

Keywords: Community College Coach, Culture, Sexual violence, Title IX