Public Argument Proposal


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I am interested in the topic of rape because it is a very big issue in today’s society, and I know too many people that have been affected by it. Rape is nothing to joke about, and if you were to ask, most people don’t even know how to define rape. I’m going to discuss the importance of what rape really is, and why victims are usually blamed in almost all sexual assault cases. My audience is not necessarily those involved in rape culture, but those who enforce rape culture. Rape culture essentially is blaming victims for any sort of sexual assault, and normalizing male sexual violence. I think it is important to speak to this audience because it will help them understand why they should never take the blame for being raped or sexually assaulted, and it will also help them understand the motives behind the rape situations. Almost every victim of rape feels as though he or she is guilty, and everyone needs to understand why he should not feel that way. I will not only discuss my findings of what the definition of rape really is, but also discuss scientific findings on why victims are not at fault, as well as stories of rape and how they have become worldly known, and what people are doing to draw attention to these situations. For example, the girl at Columbia who was raped carries around a mattress everywhere she goes, and she will continue to do so until her rapist does not attend Columbia University anymore. I have found many popular sources to be very effective in helping gather opinions throughout the rest of society that it is never the victims fault, but the evidence I need to prove it has always been found in any sort of academic article, journal, encyclopedia, etc.

Project Plans

As I begin my third paper, I am sort of confused on what I am going to write about for like, six pages, but I feel as though the farther I go into my research, the more I will comprehend. I want to talk about how rape victims are never at fault, but my problem is going to be how I am going to expand on the subject so much that it will be very thorough and talked about, and I will prove my point. I have some evidence, but I’m not sure if it will be enough to sway my audience, and regarding audience, I’m not even sure who that will be as of now. I’m thinking it will be people who have been victimized, and even people who have to decide who is responsible for any sort of case like this.

Working With Sources

The purpose of this article is to inform the audience of why sexual assault is never the victim’s fault and why blaming the victim doesn’t help the cause at all. Robey-Phillips talks about the negative side effects of what happens when the victim is at fault, and how it has affected sexual assault cases all around the world. Robey-Phillips discusses the importance of changing our society into one that does not tolerate any sort of sexual violence, and what a girl is wearing or whether or not she is intoxicated should bother another person, or make him want to harm her in any way (6). The article doesn’t necessarily go into detail of why it is the attackers fault, but Robey-Phillips does speak to her audience and tries to convince them of her strong opinion by stating, “When we stop blaming victims, survivors will feel more comfortable telling people what happened. That will not only help survivors recover, but also make society increasingly aware of the problem. It will trigger our empathy and we will act” (2).


Robey-Phillips, Emily. Victim-blaming Obscures Gravity of Sexual Assault. Technique. 31 Jan. 2014. Web. 2 Oct. 2014.< victim-blaming-obscures-gravity-of-sexual- assault/>.


I think you are asking us to do this assignment so that we can get a better understanding of how we can incorporate quotes and ideas from sources into our writing correctly. After all, practice does make perfect, and the more we practice including sources into our writing, the better we will become at it, and the more creative we will be with it.