[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 16 10 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Oct 16 10:01:43 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. Call for Papers / Writers
IV. Call for Research Proposals
V. Scholarships
VI.  Advocacy Materials
VII.  Vacancies

I. Websites:

Forensic & Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Australia Inc:  the Forensic & Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Australia Inc aims to be the recognised body for those providing medical and nursing sexual assault care (including forensic management), in Australia. This includes and advisory, educational and professional development role. FAMSACA distributes a sexual assault newsletter for practitioners working in the field. This newsletter can be accessed at www.famsacaustralia.org.au <http://www.famsacaustralia.org.au/> .

Nordic Baltic Network [repeat posting – note corrected website address]:  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.  Correct website address: http://www.nordicbaltic-assistwomen.net <http://www.nordicbaltic-assistwomen.net/> 

II. Online Resources and Publications:

A Religious Oriented Approach to Addressing FGM/C among the Somali Community of Wajir, Kenya, Maryam Sheikh Abdi, FRONTIERS, Population Council, USAID, 2007:  FRONTIERS has developed a religious oriented approach to engage with and educate the community about FGM/C with the aim of encouraging them to question why the practice is sustained and move towards abandoning it. This approach has brought together the religious scholars in Wajir with other senior Islamic scholars within Kenya to debate the correct position of this practice within Islam and also borrow Shariah guidelines that are in essence contradicted by the practice, to educate the community. Full document:  http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/frontiers/reports/Kenya_Somali_FGC.pdf

Gender and Sexuality, Overview Report, Bridge Development Gender, Pinar Ilkkaracan and Susie Jolly, Institute of Development Studies 2007:  Sexuality can bring misery through sexual violence, HIV/AIDS, maternal mortality, female genital mutilation, or marginalisation of those who break the rules, such as non-macho men, single women, widows who re-marry, sex workers, people with same-sex sexualities, and transgender people. Sexuality can also bring joy, affirmation, intimacy and well-being. How can we make possible more joy and less misery?  Read more:  http://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/reports/CEP-Sexuality-OR.doc

Gender in the Pacific Island States: Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography, Keating A., Gender Equality Thematic Group, AusAid, January 2007:   Drawing on 124 diverse resources, this literature review and annotated bibliography provides insights into the culture, geography and history of the Pacific Region and considers how they shape gender relations, roles and norms. [Source: Siyanda] Full report: http://www.siyanda.org/docs/Keating_pacific_islands_bibliography.doc 

A socio-judicial protocol for matters of conjugal violence. Bilodeau A, Allard D, Lefebvre C, Cadrin H, Pineault MJ. Can J Criminol Crim Justice; 49(3): 403. 2007:  This article discusses an evaluation of planning practices used for the development, implementation and sustainability of this type of innovative initiative: the socio-legal protocol in the region of Bas Saint-Laurent in Quebec. [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_71934_20 

Assessment of rape-supportive attitudes and beliefs in college men: development, reliability, and validity of the rape attitudes and beliefs scale. Burgess GH. J Interpers Violence; 22(8): 973-93. 2007: Discussed is the development and psychometric analysis of a measure of rape-supportive attitudes and beliefs called the Rape Attitudes and Beliefs Scale (RABS), intended for the use with college men.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_68867_20

Associations between childhood maltreatment and sex work in a cohort of drug-using youth.  Stoltz JA, Shannon K, Kerr T, Zhang R, Montaner JS, Wood E. Soc Sci Med 2007: In the present study, the relationships between the level of childhood maltreatment and involvement in sex work were examined using the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) as part of an extensive interview protocol in an ongoing prospective cohort study of street-involved youth in Vancouver, Canada.   [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_64600_20

Associations Between Recent Gender-Based Violence and Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Condom Use Practices, and Negotiation of Sexual Practices Among HIV-Positive Women. Lang DL, Salazar LF, Wingood GM, DiClemente RJ, Mikhail I. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2007: This study sought to document the prevalence of recent gender-based violence (rGBV) among seropositive women and to determine the association between rGBV and pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), condom use, and negotiation of sexual practices.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/week/2007/071015.pdf

Attitude towards intimate partner violence against women and risky sexual choices of Jamaican males. Gibbison GA. West Indian Med J; 56(1): 66-71. 2007:  This paper examines whether Jamaican men who support intimate partner violence (IPV) against women are more likely to have unsafe sexual practices and social attitudes that could increase women 's risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections. [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65961_20

Attitudes toward women and tolerance for sexual harassment among reservists. Vogt D, Bruce TA, Street AE, Stafford J. Violence Against Women; 13(9): 879-900. 2007: The focus of the study was to document attitudes toward women among military personnel, to identify demographic and military characteristics associated with more positive attitudes toward women, and to examine associations between attitudes toward women and tolerance for sexual harassment.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_68870_20

Background, Offence Characteristics, and Criminal Outcomes of Aboriginal Youth Who Sexually Offend: A Closer Look at Aboriginal Youth Intervention Needs. Rojas EY, Gretton HM. Sex Abuse 2007: This study examines the background, offence characteristics, and criminal outcomes of Aboriginal (n = 102) and non-Aboriginal (n = 257) youths who engaged in sexual offending behaviour and were ordered to attend a sexual offender treatment programme in British Columbia between 1985 and 2004. [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/week/2007/071015.pdf

Bacterial colonization in suspected sexually abused children. Kohlberger P, Bancher-Todesca D. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol; 20(5): 289-92. 2007: The aim of the study was to report the frequency of bacterial colonization as well as sexually transmitted diseases and to correlate these data with patient characteristics. [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_69548_20

Collegiate sororities and dating violence: an exploratory study of informal and formal helping strategies. Anderson KM, Danis FS. Violence Against Women; 13(1): 87-100. 2007: Because assaulted women are more likely to turn to their peer networks for support, this study explores the formal and informal helping strategies available to sorority members within the context of their sororities.   [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_67693_20

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for PTSD in Children and Adolescents: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial. Smith P, Yule W, Perrin S, Tranah T, Dalgleish T, Clark DM. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry; 46(8): 1051-61. 2007:  The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of individual trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and young people. [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_67902_20

Criminal profiles of violent juvenile sex and violent juvenile non sex offenders: an explorative longitudinal study. Van Wijk AP, Mali BR, Bullens RA, Vermeiren RR. J Interpers Violence; 22(10): 1340-55. 2007: This study used police records of juveniles to determine the nature of the criminal profiles of violent sex offenders (n = 226) and violent non-sex offenders (n = 4,130).  [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_69406_20

Cycles of abuse nurtured by concealment: A clinical report. Wijma B, Thapar-Björkert S, Hammarström NC, Swahnberg K. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol; 28(3): 155-60. 2007:  The aim of the present study is to analyze and discuss what the implications might be for the encounter between patients and health care professionals, when experiences of abuse are concealed. [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_64684_20

Defining patterns of genital injury from sexual assault: a review.  Sawyer Sommers M. Trauma Violence Abuse; 8(3): 270-80. 2007: This literature review investigates the variables related to genital injury prevalence and location that are reported in a series of retrospective reviews of medical records.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65698_20

Denial, minimization, partner blaming, and intimate aggression in dating partners. Scott K, Straus M. J Interpers Violence; 22(7): 851-71. 2007:  Using a sample of 139 male and female university students, this study examined the associations between self-reported minimizing and blaming attributions and the perpetration of physical, sexual, and psychological aggression against an intimate partner. [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_64674_20

Domestic violence: the Lebanese experience. Usta J, Farver JA, Pashayan N. Public Health; 121(3): 208-19. 2007: The study objective was to estimate the prevalence of domestic violence among women presenting to primary health care facilities in Lebanon; to identify presenting symptoms and responses to varied forms of violence; and to examine variables associated with domestic violence.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_67705_20

Anti-Child Trafficking Legislation in Asia: A Six Country Review, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand & Indonesia, International Labour Organisation, 2006:  ILO−IPEC has been promoting national dialogue towards necessary legislative reforms and encourage bilateral collaboration between countries in addressing the problem of cross- border trafficking. To facilitate this process, ILO−IPEC commissioned a review paper that this document represents to highlight inadequacies of the legal frameworks in six countries of South and South-East Asia and the discrepancies between the national laws and international instruments. This paper was based on comprehensive review of the relevant laws in those countries and subsequent national consultations.  Full document:  http://www.humantrafficking.org/uploads/publications/ilo2006.pdf

III.  Call for Papers / Writers:

African Security Review - 2008 Editions:  The African Security Review (ASR) is a multidisciplinary review journal that publishes articles on the spectrum of human security issues, including: security sector transformation; civil-military relations; crime, justice and corruption; small arms control; peace support initiatives; conflict management; and articles dealing with the interplay between economics, politics, society and culture and human security and stability. ASR hereby invites submissions of feature articles (5000 – 6000 words), country case studies (1500 – 2500 words), research essays (5000 – 6000 words), short commentaries (1500 – 2500 words) and book reviews (800 – 1000 words) for publication in the journal in 2008 (ASR is published four times per annum). For more information on themes and deadlines visit: http://www.issafrica.org/index.php?link_id=&slink_id=5053&link_type=&slink_type=12&tmpl_id=3

Call for Writers:  Overview Report Writers required for forthcoming BRIDGE Cutting Edge Packs on Gender and Care, and on Gender and Governance II. Quick Guide: Realising Rights to Safe and Legal Abortion III:  BRIDGE is currently recruiting two Overview Report Writers for forthcoming Cutting Edge Packs - one on Gender and Care, and the other on Gender and Governance. The application deadline is: 19th October, 2007.  For more information visit:  http://www.siyanda.org/forum/xviewthread.cfm?Thread=120040105020249&FullMsg=220070927035051#220070927035051

IV.  Call for Research Proposals:

PopDev – Call for Research Proposals:  The new research programme 'PopDev' will help to illuminate how expanding access to sexual and reproductive health information and services contributes to reducing poverty and improving equitable economic development. The programme focuses on strengthening the evidence-base for policy and practice and identifying ways forward in research on how population and reproductive health impact poverty and economic growth. Research initiatives should be joint undertakings by research partners in the Netherlands and in developing countries, (with a preference for sub-Saharan Africa), will be up to three years in duration and will have a maximum funding allocation of EUR550,000 from this programme.  The deadline for submission of preliminary proposals (i.e. expressions of interest) is 18 December 2007. A description of the call, the instructions for application and an application form can be found at the website www.nwo.nl/wotro/popdev.

V.  Scholarships:

WAAW FOUNDATION 2008 Scholarship:  WAAW foundation is pleased to announce its very first scholarship program, offering $500/year for need-based female African students admitted to a University, College or institute of higher learning in Africa. WAAW Foundation is a U.S. based non-profit organization focused on Working to Advance African Women. WAAW is a non-denominational, non-political, non-racial, voluntary organization committed to promoting education, thereby increasing the number of socially responsible and economically independent African women. WAAW will start accepting applications from October 1, 2007. Application deadline is the 15th of December 2007. Go to the WAAW Foundation web site and download the
application form:  http://www.waawfoundation.org

VI.  Advocacy Materials:

Video - No Justice for Rape Survivors:  "Eight men charged with raping a 29-year old woman are still roaming the streets. Paula Chowles exposes how the country's legal system has failed this woman and many other survivours of rape."  Check this out: http://multimedia.thetimes.co.za/view_video.php?viewkey=36092c05438df996a3e5

The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival & Hope:  In this bold and heart-rending commentary, Zainab Salbi takes readers into the heart of Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Sudan to hear the stories of women who daily reclaim the lives of their families and communities from the ashes of conflict.  View online:  http://www.womenforwomen.org/tosowss.htm

VII.  Vacancies:

Moderator / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Home Location / Closing date: October 26, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://www.awid.org <http://www.awid.org/> 

Program Assistant / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Cape Town, South Africa / Closing date: November 02, 2007.  [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://www.awid.org <http://www.awid.org/> 

Communications Manager / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Toronto, Canada or Cape Town, South Africa / Closing date: November 02, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://www.awid.org <http://www.awid.org/> 

Regional Programme Director / UNIFEM Arab State Regional Office / Amman, Jordan / Closing date: October 23, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=3D2740

Programme Officer - Leadership and Capacity Building / UNIFEM / Banda Aceh, Indonesia / Closing date: November 03, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at: http://unifem-eseasia.org/recruit/Recruit_PA_TH_Oct_%2007c.html 

Regional Adviser (Gender, Women and Reproductive Health) / The World Health Organization (WHO) / Manila, Philippines / Closing date: November 11, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://www.who.int/employment/vacancies/en

Gender Capacity Building Specialist / UNITERRA / Lilongwe, Malawi/ Closing date: November 04, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at: http://agora.ceci.ca/postesVacants_en.html 

Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations / Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: November 02, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://www.womenscommission.org/about/employment/dirfcr.php

International Advocacy Director / The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: October 31, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at: http://www.reproductiverights.org/ab_employment.html 

Gender Based Violence Specialist / Christian's Children Fund/ Child Fund Afghanistan (CCF/CFA) / Kabul/Taluqa, Afghanistan / Closing date: October 15, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://www.christianchildrensfund.org/content.aspx?id=3D5908

Gender Based Violence Manager / The International Rescue Committee (IRC) / Rumbek, South Sudan. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://www.theirc.org/jobs "Search Jobs and Apply" "Browse by Location" "South Sudan."

Women's Rights Project Coordinator / The Central America Women's Network (CAWN) / London, UK / Closing date: November 09, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  www.cawn.org

Gender and Training Intern / ACTED / Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://www.acted.org/english/jobs

Donor Mapping Consultant - We Can End All Violence Against Women Campaign / Oxfam GB / Location : Africa, Americas, Asia, Roaming/Mobile / Closing date: October 31, 2007. [Source: AWID] More details online at:  http://www.oxfam.org.uk <http://www.oxfam.org.uk/> 


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