Sexual Violence and Women’s Health in Fredericksburg, VA

Motivation of Course

The following works are the products of my senior capstone titled, Sexual Violence and Women’s Health in Fredericksburg VA. This capstone was designed by Esther Hethcox and Dr. Mara Scanlon, Professor of English and Professor Edie Gross, instructor of Journalism at the University of Mary Washington.

While a more detailed description of the course is included in the final course proposal, the course worked to provide awareness and representation for local women facing various modes of oppression in their lives. The produced works shed light on intersections of oppression that women in Fredericksburg face: gender, economic status’, race and sexual orientations, to name a few.

Awards and Accolades

This project was one of the winners for the 2018 University of Mary Washington’s Women’s Studies Forum. The judges were impressed with the interdisciplinary nature of the project as well as its attention to social justice issues in the local community. The final results of the project were presented at the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication’s annual Kemp Symposium in April of 2018.

As of May 12, 2018 this course gained Esther departmental honors in her degrees. As a result of this, the course products were published in UMW’s University Archives.

Products of Course

The course produced the following works:

WGST 485 Course Proposal

Out of the shadows: survivors find support with UMW Talley Center

Decades of resistance: Gaye Adegbalola’s activism through music

Women: the face of the opioid crisis

The little non-profit with the big job: RCASA continues support for local women