Violence in the Media and its Effects

Goshen College disapproves of violence visually 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 serious 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 females 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 men and women and contributes toward 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 belief that we are to honor and respect each other.
  • “Rape myth,” the notion that women enjoy sexual violence and that it leads to positive consequences, is a distortion of male/female standards upheld by our campus.

CHAW Committee, revised 2002