Sexual and Physical Violent Victimization

  • Avelardo Valdez


A s has been discussed in previous chapters, these communities are dangerous places for adolescent females. They become sexual quarry for male adolescents and adults who may be family members, boyfriends, neighbors, or even strangers. The young girls are objectified as prized trophies in this Mexican American, lower-class community where gender is highly associated with sexuality. Just walking down the street, any young girl past puberty will solicit long stares, lewd remarks, and be propositioned by men and boys of all ages. Young girls of ten to twelve years old must learn to manage their lives and behaviors to minimize the risks associated with these predators. Girls in these neighborhoods who are highly susceptible to this sexual and physical violence are those associated with male gangs.


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