Goshen College disapproves of violence portrayed in the media. The availability of Internet access and other developing technology calls for careful ethical considerations in usage. We recommend discretion, developing critical user skills within an individual and corporate conscience, and choosing voluntarily not to use technology in a way that distorts human relationships or contradicts our standards of building healthy relationships.
The following information regarding the effects of violence in the media is shared for consideration by all viewers of television and other visual media.
- Violence, couched in an erotic context, is both dangerous and offensive to values that uphold nonviolent human response.
- Visual images of sexual violence where brute force is glorified and women are dehumanized in a glamorous, sensational format is a contradiction in a college community that is concerned about mutual caring and compassion.
- Prolonged exposure to visual violence leads to desensitization of individuals and contributes to increased acceptance of interpersonal violence.
- The view of women as weak people eager for sex and enjoying violence or as victims of destructive behavior is contrary to our obligation that we honor and respect each other.
- The notion that women enjoy sexual violence and that it leads to positive consequences, as propagated by the media, is a violation of the Community Standards.
Updated Spring 2016