Teaching Sexual Violence

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4 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    I don’t know. I kind of think that even survivors of sexual assault need to cover this in their basic training in the law. It’s a part of their education, even if they were severely traumatized.

  2. John says:

    I am about to explore a similar issue in my class and am wrestling about how to express sensitivity to victims while not chilling people sympathetic to the offenders: online harassment. We’re going to discuss Autoadmit and similar cases. I want both individuals who have been subject to cyberharssment or boorish speech to feel safe, but I also want First Amendment maximalists to be able to make their arguments without feeling guilty.

  3. mike fox says:

    Is it the worst thing in the world if they dont review the evidence rules for sexual crimes. If they are in class then presumably they will have heard the class discussions and be informed for life and future practice. Those who will be practicing criminal law will have to study these rules in more detail, either way. Additionally, as with all material discussed and taught in law school the student will have to be trained in when it comes time to practice.

  4. Christa says:

    As a victim of sexual assault, I can tell you about the excellent treatment my criminal law professor gave to the issue. He told student ahead of time that he will not be testing the rape statutes on the exam. He raised the cases in class, expressing the sensitive nature of the subject and the statistics, gave a brief summary of the facts of cases himself, called on volunteers only for any additional comments, and allowed students to express their views on the correctness of the rules. There was an assignment to write a model statute to replace the existing ones from various states.
    I am very thankful that this subject was not tested on the exam, because 7 years later I still break out in tears whenever I read or mention the word “rape.” I had to read the cases away from class and did cry during the lesson. But, I appreciated the option to not attend class or to leave at any time and the assurance that I would not be called on unless I was present and raised my hand.
    You should definitely not test it on an exam.