The Glass Castle : Rape And Sexual Assault Essay

1429 Words Feb 11th, 2016 null Page
Jeannette Walls and her family have gone through a lot, as seen in her book The Glass Castle. As a young girl she faced bullying, poverty, alcoholism, and sexual assault. She was often brought into these situations by her parents and was told to ignore it. Rape and sexual assault are very real, important matters of discussion and the reality can be shocking. People should be taught to report anything that has happened without feeling ashamed or judged. People should also be taught to not take advantage of others. The Glass Castle shows just a few main areas of concern regarding rape and sexual assault are seen with young children and minors, college campuses, and the emotional and physical side effects; it is also important to realize that not just girls face the problem of rape and sexual assault. It is very sad to see children go through situations of rape and sexual assault. It was seen in The Glass Castle through Jeannette and her brother, Brian. They were both assaulted by members of their own family. In the United States, there is a rape every two minutes. Out of these numbers, ⅔ of the attackers are known by the victims. Family members of the victims make up 3% of the attackers (“Get the Facts”). Rape and sexual abuse severely upsets a child’s natural order and life. For instance, Jeannette did not want to go to her grandpa and uncle’s house anymore to bathe. This is because she was sexually assaulted by her uncle and in order to not allow it to happen again, she…

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