[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 17 11 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Sun Nov 16 17:06:48 SAST 2008


Dear SVRI List Members

This week's SVRI Update contains a variety of sexual violence related research and resources. Please email svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto: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. Webpages/Sites
II. Online Publications
III. Journal Articles
IV. Events
V. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities
VI. SVRI Online Discussion Forum
VII. Vacancies

I. Webpages/Sites

Request for Help - DRC Ushahidi: Please visit and encourage others to visit and use a new tool - www.drc.ushahidi.com - this is an adaptation of the Ushahidi portal that was set up to monitor the Kenyan civil election violence. Ushahidi has just launched a portal to report on events in East Congo and is soliciting reports and updates from groups in North Kivu, DRC including on sexual violence. Health Africa is the local team receiving mobile reports for North Kivu and is uploading them to the site. The site is available in French and English.  Please get involved, and please tell your contacts in Kivu! Visit: http://www.drc.ushahidi.com/

SVRI Forum 2009: The SVRI is pleased to invite you to its first conference, SVRI Forum 2009: Coordinated evidence-based responses to end sexual violence, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 6 - 9 July 2009. The conference is aimed at promoting research on sexual violence, highlighting innovation and encouraging sharing and networking in the area of sexual violence. Webpage: http://svriforum2009.svri.org/index.htm <http://svriforum2009.svri.org/index.htm>  

Ruhama: Established in 1989, Ruhama is a Dublin-based NGO which works with women involved in prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation, including women who are victims of sex trafficking. Webpage: http://www.ruhama.ie/index.php

A Call to Men: Through seminars, workshops and other educational vehicles, A Call To Men challenges men to reconsider their long held beliefs about women, in an effort to create a more just society. Webpage: http://www.acalltomen.org/

II. Online Publications

Sexual Violence in Disasters: A planning guide for prevention and response. Alisa Klein, Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault & National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2008: This publication offers readers important information about sexual violence and disasters that will help communities to understand the connection and develop better disaster responses. [Source: VAWNET] To access the full document online visit: http://new.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=1463

Good Practices in Legislation on Violence Against Women, Report of the Expert Group Meeting, UN Division for the Advancement of Women, UN Office on Drugs & Crime. United Nations Office at Vienna, Austria, 26 to 28 May 2008: The purpose of the expert group meeting was to analyze different legislative approaches for addressing violence against women; assess lessons learned and identify good practices in regard to legal reforms on violence against women; and develop a model framework for legislation on violence against women. [Source: WUNRN] Full document: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/egm/vaw_legislation_2008/Report%20EGMGPLVAW%20(final%2011.11.08).pdf

There's No Pride in Silence: Domestic & Sexual Violence Against Women in Armenia, Amnesty International, 2008: National surveys suggest that more than a quarter of women in Armenia have faced physical violence at the hands of husbands or other family members. Many of these women have little choice but to remain in abusive situations as reporting violence is strongly stigmatized in Armenian society. [Source: WUNRN] Full document: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/EUR54/004/2008/en/ec863cc6-a049-11dd-81c4-792550e655ec/eur540042008en.pdf

Working together - Prevention and assistance to women victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, European Women's Lobby, 2008: The European Women's Lobby has just released a new publication, which outlines the context for working against trafficking in women for sexual exploitation in Europe, and highlights the achievements of the Nordic Baltic Network in strengthening support and assistance to women victims of trafficking. Full report: http://www.womenlobby.org/SiteResources/data/MediaArchive/Publications/Working%20Together_Nordic%20Baltic%20Network%20publication.pdf

Challenging Long-Held Notions about Sexual Abuse by Adolescents. David S. Prescott, NEARI Newsletter, November 2008: Despite the evolving consensus of professionals, there have been few articles in recent scholarly journals that discuss how adolescents who have sexually abused differ from their adult counterparts. [Source: NEARI] Full newsletter: http://www.neari.com/trainingcenter/pdf_newsletters/NEARINewsletterNovember2008.pdf

The Rape Tax: Tangible and Intangible cost of sexual violence, Connections, Fall/Winter, 2003: How much more productive would our society be if it were not impacted by sexual assault? The July 2002 issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence included a study from the University of Michigan designed to answer these questions. This issue of Connections was designed as an exploration of the data presented in this study. [Source: Prevent-Connect] Full report: http://www.wcsap.org/pdf/Cost%20of%20Rape.pdf

For more country specific resources on sexual violence visit our country pages:  http://www.svri.org/countries.htm <http://www.svri.org/countries.htm>  

III. Journal Articles

Using Mental Health Indicators to Identify Postdisaster Gender-Based Violence among Women Displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Anastario, M. P., R. Larrance, et al. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008: Assessment of gender-based violence (GBV) among internally displaced persons (IDPs) is at best difficult. In complex humanitarian disasters, GBV inquiry can sometimes be dangerous and may lead to underestimation of the true prevalence. The authors have developed a method of identifying women who have greater odds of having been exposed to post-disaster GBV using mental health indicators. [Source: RAISE Initiative Literature Review for 14 November 2008] Link to full article: http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/jwh.2007.0694?cookieSet=1

Prevalence of violence against pregnant women in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Fawole, A. O., K. I. Hunyinbo, et al. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 48(4): 405-14. 2008: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of violence to pregnant women within 12 months prior to and during the current pregnancy. [Source: RAISE Initiative Literature Review for 14 November 2008] Link to full abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18837847?dopt=Citation

100 years of lost opportunity. Missed descriptions of child abuse in the 19th century and beyond. Williams AN, Griffin NK. Child Abuse Neglect 2008; ePub: The purpose of this short article is to explore 19th century cases of likely or certain child abuse which were either not considered as such at the time, or if confirmed, sadly forgotten until the rediscovery of child abuse as a serious paediatric condition in the latter half of the 20th century. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91780_20

Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration among Men and Emergency Department Use. Lipsky S, Caetano R. J Emerg Med 2008; ePub: This study examined the relationship between IPV perpetration, risk-taking, and emergency department utilization among men in the general U.S. population. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91809_20

Prevalence of childhood sexual abuse among Mexican adolescents. Pineda-Lucatero AG, Trujillo-Hernandez B, Millan-Guerrero RO, Vásquez C. Child Care Health Dev 2008; ePub: The aim of this study was to determine the characteristics and prevalence of previous child sexual abuse among a group of Mexican junior high school students.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91779_20

Rates and psychological effects of exposure to family violence among Sri Lankan university students. Haj-Yahia MM, de Zoysa P. Child Abuse Neglect 2008; ePub: The study had two objectives: to examine the rates of exposure to family violence among students in a non-Western society, with Sri Lanka as a case study and to examine the psychological effects of their exposure. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91829_20

For additional issues related resources and articles on sexual violence visit our issues pages:  http://www.svri.org/issues.htm <http://www.svri.org/issues.htm>  

IV. Events

Stop the Silence: Talk Around the Clock - Help End Child Sexual Abuse: On November 19 2008 at 1pm (EST), first annual marathon (24-hour), on-line, "Talk Around The Clock" will be launched (www.talktostop.com). The goal is to increase awareness, educate for prevention and treatment, and celebrate the lives of survivors of child sexual abuse  through art and informational outreach. Be a part of the movement to stop CSA by providing your contact information and uploading your art or other information, below. Then, on November 19, you can present your work live to others around the world who have a laptop and log on to the site. After you upload your work, we will contact you to provide additional information on your presentation and how the system works. For additional information, please see www.stopcsa.org/talktostop
 
Call for Abstracts - SVRI Forum 2009: Sexual Violence is a global issue that requires coordinated evidence-based responses, Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 - 9 July 2009. More information online at: http://svriforum2009.svri.org/index.htm <http://svriforum2009.svri.org/index.htm>  

International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25th: Add your voice to an ever-growing movement of people who call for global action to end violence against women. Website: http://www.saynotoviolence.org/

Save the date: PAHO/WHO Commemoration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Alcohol and Partner Violence, Thursday December 4th from 2-4pm, Pan American Health Organization, 525 23rd street, Washington, DC. For more information visit: http://www.igwg.org

Save the Date: A Call to Men, 4th National Conference, 899 10th Ave, New York, New York. Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, May 21st - 22nd, 2009: Men and Women Coming Together to stand up and speak out to end Violence Against Women. For more information go to > http://www.acalltomen.org/downloads/STAND%20UP-SPEAK%20OUT.pdf

Visit our events / calendar pages for event information: http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm <http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm>  

VI. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities

Call for Expression of Interest: Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence in policymaking. The Wellcome Trust and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research  have launched a new initiative to promote the use of research evidence in developing health policy. The Wellcome Trust and the Alliance HPSR have joined together for a US$1 million initiative aimed at ensuring that policymakers in low-income countries, such as politicians, civil servants, political advisors, and health system managers, have the necessary skills to apply research evidence in the policy process. Closing date: 16 January 2009. For more information visit: http://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/callsforproposals/Alliance%20HPSR_Joint_Call_WellcomeTrust.pdf

Graduate Scholarships In Reproductive & Sexual Health Law for lawyers from developing countries: You are invited to apply for Graduate Scholarships in Reproductive and Sexual Health Law in the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto, Canada. The scholarship, which enables lawyer activists from developing countries to undertake the Master of Laws Programme at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, includes full tuition, travel and a stipend for living expenses. The application deadline is February 16, 2009. [Source: Afro-Nets] More about the scholarships:http://www.law.utoronto.ca/visitors_content.asp?itemPath=5/12/12/0/0&contentId=413

Terms Of Reference For Consultancy - Using drama as a strategy to eliminate Violence Against Women Evaluation of Pacific projects: The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence Against Women has recently funded two one-year theatre projects; Women's Action for Change (WAC) in Fiji and the Samoan AIDS Foundation (SAF) in Samoa.   Implementation was completed in 2006 and 2007 respectively. UNIFEM Pacific will evaluate these two initiatives, with specific focus on assessing the effectiveness of theatre as a tool for the elimination of violence against women. [Source: pacwin] More information e-mail: Lorena Portillo, lorena.portillo at unifem.org

SVRI Funding Links Page: For details on funders who have funding sources available for research on sexual violence visit: http://www.svri.org/funding.htm <http://www.svri.org/funding.htm>  

VII. SVRI Online Discussion Forum 

The SVRI provides you with a platform to interact online with other members of the SVRI who have registered with the SVRI Online Discussion Forum. 

A number of new online discussions are currently underway on the SVRI Online Discussion Forum. You are invited to participate in the following discussion:

Thread: Improving effectiveness of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP): The Population Council is hosting an online discussion on the SVRI Online Discussion Forum from November 08 to May 09. The purpose of this discussion is to allow development practitioners to share information on best practices on administering PEP and emerging trends and lessons. Through this discussion we would like to explore the following:

1. How do we ensure survivors adhere to PEP?
2. What is the ideal regimen to give to survivors?
3. What are the most appropriate doses for children?
4. What follow-up strategies to enhance adherence to PEP are required?
5. In what ways can communities be involved to help improve PEP adherence?
6. How can advocacy strategies be applied to improve PEP adherence?

To view current discussions, comment or create your own please visit: http://www.svri.org/activities.htm#svri <http://www.svri.org/activities.htm#svri> 

VIII. Vacancies

Jobs at the International Center for Research on Women: For vacancies at ICRW visit the ICRW Jobs page. Vacancies are open until removed from the web. ICRW Jobs Paget: http://www.icrw.org/html/jobs/jobs.htm

UNIFEM Job Vacancies: New UNIFEM job vacancy announcements are available on the UNIFEM website: http://www.unifem.org/about/jobs.php





Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated evidence-based responses.

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