– Trigger Warning – Sexual violence is a serious issue in Brazil due to a lack of public policies, and it stems from a lot of other issues. In my case, my mother suffered, too. She wasn’t sexually abused, but she suffered physical violence. She had to work to provide for us. When she saw she could be safe with a man, she didn’t want to lose the security he brought home because of us. If these issues are tackled through awareness sessions, girls could have a different future. Over time, I’ve learned to forgive my mother, and we have a good relationship now.
Sometimes a workplace is the only safe space victims and survivors have. I know, because work literally saved my life. What can you do to make sure your workplace is a safe space for those who are victims or survivors? You can be flexible, for starters. If you suspect or are certain that someone you work with is a victim of DV or IPV, cut them some slack. Even if they don’t want to admit it themselves (it took me much longer than it should have to admit what was happening and even more time to work out the logistics of leaving). Give them time off if they need it, whether it’s to nurse injuries or to go to court or to search for a shelter or a new apartment. You also can accommodate requests for varied working hours, or a different office space, or a new phone number or email address. You can make sure your security is tight so that an abuser can’t get to them physically or virtually.
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The United State of Women: Mobilizing to End Violence Against Women (and More) from the The WHITE HOUSE, 07/29/2016
The White House Council on Women and Girls Highlighted the Importance of Ending Violence Against Women at United State of Women Summit through advocates, survivors, performances spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden.
In the indigenous Xinca society of Xalapan, men often kidnap and rape young girls before marrying them, Lopez said, and for about a decade, the local women’s group had been campaigning to end this trend.
But in the last two years, groundwater was becoming scarce, because of weather changes and increased mining in the region. As women and girls had to walk further to fetch water, the number of kidnappings and rapes more than doubled over that period, local women said.
This researcher is developing an app to stop domestic violence attitudes in teens from Science Alert, 06/24/2016
“The National Survey of Youth Attitudes reported very disturbing findings about young men’s attitudes and behaviours,” said YSF CEO, Cath Bartolo.
“Evidence shows that boys and young men are not clear on where to draw the line on what constitutes respect in relationships and what crosses the line in to harm. For example, many do not get that coercing a girl into sex is rape.”
The app will help boys talk to girls, and will give teens insight and advice about helping their friends and maintaining respectful relationships; but it also has an important undertone – putting a stop to domestic violence.
The best countries for gender equality may also have a domestic violence problem from The Washington Post, 06/10/2016
Investigating what they refer to as the “Nordic paradox,” Enrique Gracia of the University of Valencia and Juan Merlo of the University of Lund write that they found a surprising lack of research on the subject. Their paper, published in the Social Science and Medicine journal, not only examines the problem but also suggests how a better understanding of this paradox could hold crucial lessons about violence against women.”