Every Two Minutes
Ethical issues are everywhere. Perhaps the greatest ethical issue of the time arrives as a problem that has the power to change the planet. Climate Change is a grave issue that is facing the world today. This can be seen from evidence stated by the UNFCCC.
Every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States according to the Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (RAINN). Every two minutes! Let’s take a step back and consider together what this means. In the time it takes you to read this post, at least 1 person will have been the victim of a sexual assault.
My previous post raised awareness about an Immediate Crisis Webpage for students who have been victims of sexual violence. The Rock Ethics Institute also features an Anti-Sexual Misconduct Toolkit for educators. This toolkit of online resources is specifically designed so that educators in the Penn State Community can incorporate the timely issues of sexual misconduct and violence into classroom discussions. Informational and multimedia resources with statistical data on victims, perpetrators, and the different types of sexual assault affirm the frequency and manner of sexual violence.
In today's post we challenge myths about sexual violence and counteract them with facts.
My last post focused on sexual violence against women and considered how it affects their lives in general. The emphasis on risk reduction often leads to victim blaming, which can underhandedly condone sexual violence against women. This is a symptom of a rape permissive culture that considers sexual violence against women as normal and inevitable. Addressing rape culture itself as a problem to change and encouraging educational efforts directed at primary prevention will help us prevent sexual violence before it takes place.
My first post considered the fact that “every two minutes” another sexual assault takes place. This reveals that sexual violence surrounds us in our everyday lives. Today’s post turns to sexual violence specifically against women and considers how it affects the lives of women in general.
Stopping the Worst Environmental Disaster?: An Ethical and Scientific Comparison of the Gulf Oil Spill and Climate Change.
Over the last two months the U.S. Congress has been engaged in a great operatic drama over what many have called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history: the BP Gulf oil spill. Last week U.S Congressman angrily grilled BP CEO Tony Hayward about the causes of the disaster and BPs inability to shut off the oil flow. As this took place, the brown and orange slick continued its daily assault on fisheries, birds, and livelihoods.
How can you move from ethical awareness to ethical action? The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State can help guide you and give you some tools to help in both your professional and personal lives.