[Svrilist] Strengthening sexual violence advocacy initiatives through research

Kim McGregor kim at rapecrisis.org.nz
Tue Jun 6 01:12:17 SAST 2006

Following the Louise Nicholas case in New Zealand we had a lot of media
interest and public outrage when the three Policemen accused of raping
Louise were acquitted. We used Liz Kelly's research (UK) to point out that 1
in 10 rapes are likely to be reported and probably only 5% of REPORTED rapes
achieve a conviction. (I attach my speech from the march).

We are currently working with a group of lawyers and are gaining cross party
government support for a Task Force to look at the adversarial process and
rape investigations. We are currently drawing up terms of references for the
Task Force (should the government grant us this review). I know that we are
embarking upon years of work but this case is the first time in the 20 years
that I have worked in this field that there has been such huge public
outrage that we can use to call for change.

Warm regards to you all

Dr Kim McGregor
Rape Prevention Education
PO Box 78-307
Grey Lynn
New Zealand
Ph: 64 09 360 4001

'Working together to eliminate
rape and sexual abuse'
  -----Original Message-----
  From: Liz Dartnall [mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za]
  Sent: Monday, 5 June 2006 7:07 p.m.
  To: Sexual Violence Research Initiative
  Subject: [Svrilist] Strengthening sexual violence advocacy
initiativesthrough research

  Strengthening sexual violence advocacy initiatives through research

  <>Research on sexual violence has been used powerfully in advocacy
campaigns.  During the recent rape trial of the former Deputy President of
South Africa, a Johannesburg based NGO, POWA launched the '1 in 9' campaign.
This used a research statistic to draw attention to the large discrepancy
between rate of rape found in surveys and that of reports to police ie less
that one in nine rapes are reported.  Research can be a key tool in sexual
violence advocacy and research findings have been used in many different

  <>We need to know how to best present our research findings to ensure the
people who can make a difference take notice.  How can we spur them into
action?  What do law-makers, policy makers, planners, NGOs want to know?
Which messages are most compelling at a community level?  Which messages
work and which don't and why?  <>

  The purpose of this discussion topic is to explore with SVRI list members
ways you have used research as an advocacy tool and what have been the
lessons from this.

  More specifically:

  <>*  How do we channel our passion into effective advocacy?
  *  How do we use our research findings as advocacy tools?

  *  What do we need to know to be informed advocates for ending sexual

  *  What are some of the more effective lobbying techniques?

  *  What has worked, in what settings and why?

  *  What are some of the more compelling research based messages?

  *  What research and resources have you used to develop your advocacy

  <>We look forward to hearing from you regarding your experiences,
available resources and views on using research to advocate for an end to
sexual violence.  The information obtained through this discussion will be
used to inform the development of an advocacy page on the SVRI website.
This discussion will run for a month.

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