Example Outline Sexual Abuse Essay

1150 Words Feb 22nd, 2013 5 Pages
Informative Speech Assignment: “Sexual Abuse”
Speech 1000 Welch
Example Outline

Topic: Sexual abuse is a common and controversial issue that can happen to and or affect all of us.
Purpose: To inform the audience about the effects sexual abuse can have, and why it matters.

* Introduction I. Attention getter: Do you know a friend or family member who has been sexually abused? Or maybe you have experienced sexual abuse yourself? Are you aware of the psychological and developmental effects it can have on you or someone you may know? Chances are, you don’t—while sexual abuse is common, may people do not speak up, and the problem goes unrecognized. II. Motivation: It is important to know how our experiences affect us
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(Source 5: Expert Testimony)
(Transition: It is important to realize that there are indicators and measures within our reach that we can take to prevent abuse.) III. Now let’s find out the telltale signs and what we can do. A. Sometimes the presentation is vague and there are rarely physical findings. Sexually abused persons begin to act out (i.e. become more aggressive, detached, or depressed) according to Pediatric Emergency Medicine (Source 3 again: Expert Testimony) When my best friend was sexually abused, she became extremely detached and very depressed (Example: Personal). B. According to the findings in School Psychology Quarterly, although scientists are unsure “whether alcohol consumption confers risk for sexual assault prospectively,” they believe alcohol consumption increases risk of abuse. Limiting alcohol consumption is one way to prevent putting yourself in harm’s way. (Source 4 again: Expert Testimony)
(Transition: Until now, we’ve discussed what sexual abuse is, and how it affects us, and what we can do, but why does any of this matter?) IV. Lastly, why this important? A. All of our experiences contribute to who we are and what we do. I never understood why I felt some of the things I did. B. If you are someone or know someone who is a victim, it does not mean that you/they will grow up to be an alcoholic, or drop out, or be depressed, that being said, your experience should not

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