ENSURING WOMEN’S SAFETY: THE CASE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
According to Wikipedia, “sexual violence occurs throughout the world, although in most countries there has been little research
conducted on the problem. Due to the private nature of sexual violence, estimating the extent of the problem is difficult. Research in South Africa and Tanzania suggests that nearly one in four women may experience sexual violence by an intimate partner, and up to one-third of adolescent girls report their first sexual experience as being forced”.
Sexual violence is any sexual act that is perpetrated on a person against their will. It encompasses a range of offences, including a completed non-consensual sex act (i.e. rape), an attempted non-consensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (i.e. unwanted touching), and non-contact sexual abuse (e.g. threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal sexual harassment). The most common incident of sexual violence is rape.
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