Women 's Victimization Of Women Essay

1190 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
The most significant crime facing women is the victimization of women and the failure to provide justice for those being victimized. Women have been ostracized due to gender roles placed on them by their male counter parts. Crimes dealing with female victimization were overlooked and undervalued until the 1970’s. According to The Invisible Women, “Until the late 1970’s, it was highly unusual for these studies to include girls or women in their samples.” (Belknap, 3). Gender roles play a role as to why women are victimized and given no adequate help. Although there are effects to the victimization of women this tragic event could turn out to be a benefit to those whose voices are not heard by the judicial system.
The term “victim” has been misinterpreted and misused by those who have played an intricate role in their own victimization. For example, someone who has purposefully picked a fight and claimed to be a victim of abuse is not a victim. Even if the initiator of the brawl was beaten up because they started the altercation does not mean they fit into the definition of being a victim. According to Meredith, “A victim is therefore commonly understood as someone who is or has been affected, injured or killed as a result of a crime or accident, or who has been cheated or tricked” (Meredith, 260). Ways in which women can become victims is by physical and verbal abuse such as sexual abuse, battery, stalking, receiving threats, and being discriminated against. This types of…

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