Quiz 14: Violence, Abuse, and Harassment

Health & Kinesiology

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In male dominant societies the cultural attitudes about violence toward women is thought to be right to control woman as wife and daughter. Disobedient woman should be punished and by encouraging this kind of behaviors, the culture perpetuates the violence against women. In all kinds of societies partners abuse women because of in equality between men and women. Culture norms support the man's attitude and men feel that they have right to have sex regardless like or dislike of woman. Disobeying women are subjected to violence in intimate relationships. Always society tends to blame victim and support men to continue a relationship with violence.

In a legal perspective violence or crime is categorized into 4 different conditions. These are rape or sexual assault, robbery, physical harm or simple assault and aggravated assault. The violence causes several mental and physical consequences. It may be a serious threat resulting in either long term disability or may lead to death. Violence also lowers the self esteem and confidence in women and therefore, can cause mental ill health resulting in several types of phobias. Self directed violence often forces the individual to suicidal behavior and self mutilation. Individual may hurt him or she by cutting skin with knifes, burning, picking skin or hair, hitting with hammer and causing extreme injuries such as castration or amputation.

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