After the internationally publicized gang rape of Jyoti Singh in December, Indian citizens protested across the country. The government of India responded and created a comprehensive ordinance on sexual assault and human trafficking. The ordinance is controversial within India and has been criticized by feminist scholars as well as sex workers.
Contemporary rape law emerged from a culture that punished all sex outside marraige. For that reason, the conventional elements of the rape actually put the complainant on trial for having engaged in non-marital sex. Now that consensual non-marital sex has been decriminalized, how should the law define rape? Should we punish sex by fraud as well as sex by force?
Lara Janson, a Mitchell Scholar, PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, and Huffington Post contributor, presents her groundbreaking research about the "demand side" of human trafficking and the commercial sex industry.
Dr. Melissa Gilliam of the Pritzker School of Medicine will discuss her innovative sex education program development where teenagers on the South Side of Chicago develop a video game to learn about sexual health and teenage pregnancy. This Diversity Month Program is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.