For me, WS301 wasn’t a required course.  It was one which I elected to take on my own accord.  From things I had heard about the course from past students, I knew it would be worth my while to branch out of my major and try something new.  I am glad I did.  This course taught me so much about victims and perpetrators of sexual violence and what it means in today’s society.  I learned that little things, like the objectification of women and jokes about rape, have serious consequences in forming the mindset of Americans regarding sex, gender, and violence.  I would like to say that I vow to never again support these type of actions and thoughts and that I will speak out and up for those who are in pain; however, I know that in my heart of hearts I will not be able to do this every time.  Will I try to make a change in my life and in the people around me in regards to ideas, behaviors, and feelings toward sexual violence? Oh yes! This class has taught me that even the little things can make a huge difference.  In addition, I plan to raise my children to think and act in a way which Jane would approve of :).  Basically, through this course, my life hasn’t changed all that much, but my ideas regarding sexual violence have.  That to me is far more important.

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