I have learned a lot of new information regarding violence against women and children this semester. I have broadened my knowledge about rape myths, children coping with sexual abuse and preventative strategies used on campuses to end sexual assault, just to name a few things. Having learned these things, I think I will know how to react in certain situations much better than I did before this class.
With the knowledge I have from this course, I will feel more comfortable standing up to friends who have misconceptions about sexual violence. I know that I need to speak up to help educate others in an effort to end this type of violence. While it is always very difficult to do, it is one of the simplest ways to educate people; also, hopefully once that individual learns, they will continue to spread that knowledge. In addition to this, I now have more understanding of what to do and say if someone who is a victim comes to me for help. I have a list of resources available on campus and also know about the university’s sexual assault policy. Also, this class has taught me how to be sensitive to the individual’s feelings and how to be an active listener instead of always trying to immediately problem solve.
In the future, if I have children, I will attempt to raise them in a way that focuses on respect and equality for all people. I will teach them what consent is and how to communicate effectively so they can avoid certain situations in the first place. Also, I will try not to socialize them to be a certain stereotypical ideal. I will try to show them that boys can play with dolls and girls can play with trucks. This class has showed me how important education is and our children is the best place for this to start.