[Svrilist] SVRI Update 09 10 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Oct 9 08:10:14 SAST 2007

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is the SVRI Update which contains a variety of sexual violence related research and resources. Please email svri at mrc.ac.za if you would like us to include relevant sexual violence resources and materials in the SVRI Updates. For more information and resources on sexual violence and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative visit www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  

Today's SVRI Update includes the following:
[Summaries directly taken or adapted from source]

I. Websites
II.  Online Resources and Publications
III. Funding Resources 
IV.  Events 

I. Websites:

Nordic Baltic Network:  The new Nordic Baltic Network website is an integral part of the Nordic Baltic pilot project that aims to strengthen cooperation and develop concrete activities to support and assist women victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in the region and to strengthen the gender perspective in polices and actions against trafficking.  Website www.nordicbaltic-asssistwomen

Network for Justice and Democracy:  The Network for Justice and Democracy promotes and defends reproductive rights, gender equality and promoting reproductive rights and advancing the cause of democracy through advocacy, education and research.  Website:  http://www.justiceanddemocracy.org/projects.htm

II.  Online Resources and Publications: 

UN: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children: Mission to Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, United Nations, April 2007: The present report contains the main findings of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking inpersons, especially women and children, Sigma Huda, pursuant to her visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain from 29 October to 1 November 2006, to the Sultanate of Oman from 2 to 7 November and to the State of Qatar from 8 to 12 November. The report also contains a number of recommendations to the respective Governments, in particular as regards preventing and combating trafficking and providing for stronger protection of the human rights of trafficked persons. [Source: WUNRN] Full report:  http://www.wunrn.com/news/2007/09_07/09_17_07/092307_un_files/092307_un.pdf

Hell on Earth - Systematic Rape in Eastern Congo, Stefan Kirchner, The Journal Of Humanitarian Assistance, August 6, 2007:  Despite decades of emancipation and women's liberation, women are and will remain vulnerable due to their gender and their status in society. [Source: WUNRN] Read full article:  http://jha.ac/2007/08/06/hell-on-earth-systematic-rape-in-eastern-congo/

The influence of length of marriage and fidelity status on perception of marital rape. Munge BA, Pomerantz AM, Pettibone JC, Falconer JW. J Interpers Violence. Oct;22(10):1332-9; 2007:  To what extent does the length of the marriage or the wife's faithfulness to the husband influence the perception of responsibility or trauma in marital rape? In the current study, each participant was presented with one of four marital rape vignettes. [Source:  Battered Women Health Update]  Full abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17766730&ordinalpos=14&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum  
Sexual abuse experienced by married Egyptian women. Elnashar AM, El-Dien Ibrahim M, Eldesoky MM, et al I nt J Gynaecol Obstet. Sep 20; 2007: To assess the prevalence of sexual abuse (SA) and associated factors among married women in Lower Egypt.  [Source:  Battered Women Health Update]  Full abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17888926&ordinalpos=2&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

A 10-Year Update of "Review and Critique of Empirical Studies of Rape Avoidance". Ullman SE. Crim Justice Behav; 34(3): 411-429. 2007:  Ullman's review of empirical studies of rape avoidance is updated to illuminate what has been learned in the past 10 years and what is needed to continue to promote this important form of secondary prevention.  [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_71812_20  

A Multidimensional Examination of Campus Safety: Victimization, Perceptions of Danger, Worry About Crime, and Precautionary Behavior Among College Women in the Post-Clery Era.  Wilcox P, Jordan CE, Pritchard AJ. Crime Delinquency; 53(2): 219-254. 2007:  Using data from a spring 2004 telephone survey of 1,010 female undergraduate and graduate students at one southeastern state university, the authors examine the objective and subjective experiences with sexual assault or coercion, physical assault, and stalking among college women, paying particular attention to whether actual victimization experiences while in college coincide with cognitive assessments of campus risk, emotionally based worry about crime, and fear-related precautionary behavior.  [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_70934_20

Abused women disclose partner interference with health care: an unrecognized form of battering.  McCloskey LA, Williams CM, Lichter E, Gerber M, Ganz ML, Sege R. J Gen Intern Med; 22(8): 1067-72. 2007: This study aims to determine whether abused women report partner interference with their health care and to describe the co-occurring risk factors and health impact of such interference. [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_70653_20

Actuarial Assessment of Risk for Reoffense Among Adult Sex Offenders - Evaluating the Predictive Accuracy of the Static-2002 and Five Other Instruments. Langton CM, Barbaree HE, Seto MC, Peacock EJ, Harkins L, Hansen KT. Crim Justice Behav; 34(1): 37-59. 2007: This study extended previous research comparing a set of widely employed actuarial risk assessment schemes as well as a new instrument, the Static-2002, in a sample of 468 sex offenders followed for an average of 5.9 years.  [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_71801_20

Child Sexual Abuse: Can Anatomy Explain the Presentation?  Nazer D, Palusci V. Clin Pediatr 2007: This article discusses a 4-year-old girl who displayed behavioral symptoms consistent with posttraumatic stress disorder.  [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_69545_20

Child slavery in Hong Kong: case report and historical review.  Lee AC, So KT. Hong Kong Med J; 12(6): 463-6. 2006: An 11-year-old girl was admitted with multiple injuries sustained during a 1-year servitude of domestic labour. [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_67717_20

Correlations between pediatric emergency department and legal medicine in the field of child abuse: the usefulness of flow-charts.  Zaglia E, Dall'Agnola A, Marigo M, De Leo D. Pediatr Med Chir; 29(1): 9-18; 2007: Protocols and guidelines are useful tools to achieve this goal, as shown by medical literature. This study propose to introduce a flow-chart for the initial evaluation of cases, derived from that used in the Canadian Paediatric Emergency Departments.  [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_64608_20

Does violence affect one gender more than the other? The mental health impact of violence among male and female university students.  Romito P, Grassi M. Soc Sci Med; 65(6): 1222-1234. 2007: This study explores whether violence has a different impact on males and females in a sample of 502 Italian university students, responding to a self-administered questionnaire.  [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_64736_20

Family violence quality assessment tool for primary care offices.  Zink T, Fisher BS. Qual Manag Health Care; 16(3): 265-79. 2007: Using the Delphi method of consensus among national experts, we modified the hospital tool (Delphi Instrument for Domestic Violence for Hospital Programs) to make it applicable for primary care offices assessing for family violence (child abuse, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse). [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_66013_20

Measuring and addressing the burden of disease associated with intimate partner violence in Victoria, Australia.  Vos T, Astbury J, Piers LS, Magnus A, Heenan M, Walker L, Webster K. Fam Violence Prev Health Pract 2007: This article reports an Australian study designed to assess the prevalence and health consequences of intimate partner violence and its contribution to total disease and disability burden in women.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full article: http://endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-5/australia_disease.php

The Relationship of Statistical and Psychological Risk Markers to Sexual Reconviction in Child Molesters.  Craig LA, Thornton D, Beech A, Browne KD. Crim Justice Behav; 34(3): 314-329. 2007:  This study examines the integration of statistical and psychological risk factors using psychometric markers of psychopathology and psychosexual characteristics from the Static-99 in 119 sexual offenders. [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_71790_20

Training course on Addressing Gender-based Violence Affecting Young People, European Youth Centre Budapest, 11-19 September 2006: The aim of this training course is to develop the competence of participants and enable them to train other youth workers and trainers on addressing gender-based violence affecting young people through non-formal education. To access the materials used on the course visit the following link: http://www.eycb.coe.int/eycbwwwroot/HRE/open1.html?url=/eycbwwwroot/HRE/eng/gendviol_act.asp

III.  Funding Resources:

Where is the money for women's rights?, The Second Fundher Report. Financial Sustainability for Women's Movements Worldwide, Joanna Kerr, AWID,  2007: This report addresses fundamental questions related to resource mobilization and movement-building. How are women's organizations and movements growing worldwide? Why do we need strong women's movements and organizations? Where is the money for women's rights? How should we mobilize new resources to build stronger feminist movements in order to advance women's rights worldwide?  Download full report online at:  http://www.awid.org/go.php?pg=fundher_2

IV. Events:  

The 11th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development: "The Power of Movements", 14-17 November 2008, Cape Town:  The 11th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development, on the theme "The Power of Movements", will be held November 14-17, 2008 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information, please visit www.awid.org and/or write to contribute at awid.org

Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference 18-20 June 2008, Uganda:  Reproductive Health (RH) in Emergencies Conference 2008 will bring together a wide range of actors from the fields of RH in emergencies, reproductive health, humanitarian assistance and development to contribute to the expansion of comprehensive RH services in crisis settings. We invite you to participate in this important dialogue and help to ensure that refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) receive the comprehensive RH care to which they are entitled. Read more:  http://www.raiseinitiative.org/conference/#welcome


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