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Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Theses/Dissertations

2015

William & Mary

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Talking About Rape On A College Campus, Rachael L. Kaufman May 2015

Talking About Rape On A College Campus, Rachael L. Kaufman

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In the past year, the issue of sexual assault on college campuses gained national attention, raising questions about how politicians, campus administrators, and students talk about sexual assault education and prevention. William and Mary has been no exception. In this thesis, I will discuss the various ways William and Mary students and administrators talk about sexual assault. In particular, I am interested in looking at a form of metalanguage--of language about language--that seems to surface in discussion of sexual assault. This metalanguage focuses on the relationship between language and social action, and the effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of talk ...