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Muted Men within Sexual Assault: Examining the Possible Causes of Their Muteness

by Rosemary Asencio


This research project employs the muted group theory to examine men’s muteness in relation to sexual assault. The purpose is to examine factors that lead to men’s muteness in relation to sexual assault. Some of these factors are social services, the legal system, social constructions, which create stigmas about both sexes and society’s overall idea of what a typical victim/criminal looks like.

About the Author

Rosemary is a senior Speech Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting major and a Spanish minor. She is a member of Millersville’s radio station WIXQ 91.7 FM and a member of SOLA (Society on Latino Affairs). She volunteers as a hotline advocate for the YWCA’s 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline in Lancaster City, which is the one of the main reasons why she decided to do her research project on sexual assault. This topic is very important to Rosemary, so she wanted to expand her knowledge. The muted group theory allowed her to incorporate another topic that also interests her, the muteness of subordinate groups. The goal of the research project was to employ the muted group theory to examine the muteness male victims of sexual assault. Her next step would be to do an independent study to conduct my research to further the understanding of this topic.

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