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Graduation Year


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Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Legal Studies

Reader 1

Jennifer Groscup

Reader 2

Paul Hurley

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Drawing from philosophical, feminist, and legal frameworks, this thesis aims to reconceptualize our understanding of sexual violations. I suggest that rape and other sexual violations produce injuries unique from other forms of physical violence that must be addressed as an extension of a culture which objectifies, restricts the agency of, and shames women. It is argued that through the ability for survivors to bring a civil claim of negligence against their perpetrators following a sexual injury, pathways for restorative healing and cultural transformation are opened, and a more responsive legal standard for fault is created. This paper responds to theories of how gendered power imbalances are produced and sustained, and reasons that public standards of responsibility must be created as a response to these inequalities being reproduced in private, unprotected spaces as sexual violations.