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SVRI Update: 30 05 2013

Dear SVRI List Members


This SVRI Update contains a variety of sexual violence related research and resources. If you would like to have your sexual violence related resources included in the Update, please send your materials to svri@mrc.ac.za by close of business Wednesday. For more information and resources on sexual violence and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative visit www.svri.org.


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


I.  What’s new at the SVRI?

II. Sexual violence in the news

III.  Websites

IV.  Online publications/resources

V. Journal articles

VI. Events

VII. Funding links / scholarships / research opportunities

VIII. Vacancies



I. What’s new at the SVRI?


1) SVRI Forum 2013: Abstract submission closes Monday, 3 June!


Only five days left to submit your abstract to the SVRI Forum 2013 to be hosted in Bangkok, Thailand, 14 – 17 October!


Submit your abstract today at: http://www.svri.org/forum2013/abstracts.htm.  For more information, visit the conference website at: http://www.svri.org/forum2013/index.htm or contact us at svri@mrc.ac.za.


We look forward to seeing you in Thailand!



2) Call for applications to join the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Coordinating Group: Through this call for applications, the SVRI would like to invite appropriately skilled and experienced experts to join the SVRI Coordinating Group.  We are particularly interested filling regional gaps on the Coordinating Group through the identification of candidates from Asia-Pacific and / or Eastern Europe.  Nominations of people from other parts of the world will also be considered. For more information, visit: http://www.svri.org/CallCGroupApplications.pdf. Nominations should be sent to svri@mrc.ac.za or elizabeth.dartnall@mrc.ac.za by Friday 21st June 2013.


II. Sexual violence in the news


Programs H and M celebrate 10 years with international seminar. Promundo News, 6th Edition: On March 20th Promundo held an International Seminar to celebrate 10 years of Programs H and M, with the objective of debating the several ways to operationalize the methodologies of Programs H and M, recognized internationally as models for engaging men and women in the search for gender equality. [Source: Promundo]. http://www.promundo.org.br/en/news/programs-h-and-m-celebrate-10-years-with-international-seminar/


Facebook's turning point on sexual violence. CNN International, 29 May 2013: After a weeklong campaign by a coalition of more than 100 women's groups, Facebook announced Tuesday that it would update its guidelines and moderator training to crack down on gender-based hate speech. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/29/opinion/kinsey-bruns-facebook-rape/index.html


Seven governments adopt statement on violence against women and girls at 66th World Health Assembly. WHO, 21 May 2013: In the context of the annual gathering of the world's ministers of health, seven governments - Belgium, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, United States of America, and Zambia - issued a statement at the conclusion of a panel discussion declaring violence against women and girls "a major global public health, gender equality and human rights challenge, touching every country and every part of society" and proposing an agenda item on the topic for the 67th World Health Assembly. http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/media/news/2013/21_05/en/


III. Websites


SVRI Trafficking webpage: This webpage contains research publications and links on trafficking in women and children. If you have resources that you would like to add to this webpage kindly send it to svri@mrc.ac.za. http://www.svri.org/trafficking.htm


ECPAT International: This global network of organisations and individuals work together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. http://www.ecpat.net/EI/index.asp


National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV): This centre aims to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence; and, to increase professional and public awareness of the effects of violence on children, families, communities and society. http://www.nccev.org/us/overview.html


IV. Online publications/resources


Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women: A call to action based on an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. UNICEF, UN Women,UNFPA, ILO and OSRSG/VAC, 2013: This new report s a thoughtful contribution to the global agenda to prevent and eliminate violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women. [SRSG eNews]. http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/story/2013-05-28_866


Summary of PHD research paper: Psychosocial histories of some convicted rapists and their childhood experiences of corporal punishment. Kleijn A. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2013: This research was triggered, in part, by the rape of a nine-month-old infant, dubbed Baby Tshepang, in Upington (Northern Cape) of South Africa during October 2001. One of the findings from this study concerns the appalling maltreatment received by all the respondents – including corporal punishment. [Source: Parenting in Africa]. http://www.parentinginafrica.org/en/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&Itemid=37&view=viewdownload&catid=2&cid=92


Parenting literature review: Supporting and strengthening child-caregiver relationships (parenting). AIDSTAR-Two project, 2013: This report provides a comprehensive literature review of evidence-based parenting programs from around the world [Source: Parenting in Africa]. http://www.parentinginafrica.org/en/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&Itemid=37&view=summary&cid=93&catid=2


Issues in evaluation of complex social change programs for sexual assault prevention. Wall L. ACSSA Issues No. 14, 2013: This paper outlines some of the issues involved in evaluating multi-level interventions generally and some of the particular features of sexual assault that increase the challenges involved in planning these type of evaluations. [Source: ACSSA Alert]. http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/issue/i14/index.html


Understanding connections and relationships: Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting. Murphy C, Paton N, Gulliver P and Fanslow J. New Zealand Family Clearing House, Issues paper 3, 2013: This Issues Paper reviews the evidence on the frequency with which intimate partner violence and child maltreatment co- occur. [Source: ACSSA Alert]. http://www.nzfvc.org.nz/issues-papers-3


Men and women working as partners for gender-sensitive active nonviolence. A collection of stories from the field. Women Peacemakers Program, 2013: This May 24 publication features the personal stories of some of the men trained during the 2009-2010 Training of Trainers cycle, complemented by the reflections of pioneering women peacemakers on these journeys of transformation. [Source: AWID]. http://www.womenpeacemakersprogram.org/May Pub 2013 web.pdf


Testing the feasibility of police provision of emergency contraception in Malawi. Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre, Malawi Police Service and Ministry of Health, 2012: This project s project was to determine the feasibility of having trained police officers safely and effectively provide emergency contraception to survivors of sexual assault as a means of broadening access to comprehensive care. [Source: Population Council]. http://www.svri.org/MHRRCEVALUATIONREPORT.pdf


Maltreatment and allegations of maltreatment in foster care. A review of the evidence. Biehal N and Parry E. Working Paper No.WP 2437, Social Policy Research Unit, 2010: This report draws together the research evidence that exists both on allegations of abuse and confirmed maltreatment and considers the implications of this rather limited body of evidence. [Source: Cornell University]. http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/spru/research/pdf/FCabuse.pdf


V. Journal articles


Please note, to obtain a full copy of a journal article you may write to the author given as the contact person by the respective publishing house to request a copy.


Trauma theory without feminism? Evaluating contemporary understandings of traumatized women. Tseris E.J. Affilia, 28 (2): 153-164, 2013: In this article, the author critically examines contemporary notions of trauma and how they have informed mental health interventions for women. [Source: ACSSA Alert]. http://aff.sagepub.com/content/28/2/153.abstract


‘Let’s get sexting’: Risk, power, sex and criminalisation in the moral domain. Lee M, Crofts T, Salter M, Milivojevic S and McGovern A. International Journal for Crime and Justice, 2 (1), 2013: This article explores the criminalisation and governance of sexting among young people. While the focus is on Australian jurisdictions, the article places debates and anxieties about sexting and young people in a broader analysis around concerns about new technologies, child sexual abuse, and the risks associated with childhood sexuality. [Source: ACSSA Alert]. https://www.crimejusticejournal.com/article/view/89


Status, threat, and stereotypes: understanding the function of rape myth acceptance. Chapleau K.M, Oswald D.L. Soc. Justice Res, 26(1): 18-41, 2013: This article applies system justification theory to understand the function of rape myth acceptance. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_400076_24


Rapid assessment exploring impediments to successful prosecutions of sex traffickers of U.S. Minors. Reid J.A. J. Police Crim. Psychol, 28(1): 75-89, 2013: This study uncovers critical psychological, systemic, and legislative barriers to the successful prosecution of child sex traffickers who exploit U.S. citizens during a rapid assessment conducted in a U.S. metropolitan region considered a high intensity child prostitution area. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_399934_24


Laws on gender violence and their effect on sexism in advertising: a comparative analysis of advertisements from Argentina, Mexico, Spain and the United States. Martín-Llaguno M, Navarro-Beltrá M. Rev. Panam. Salud Publica, 33(4): 280-286, 2013: This article assesses the impact of gender violence legislation on the incidence of sexism and gender bias in advertisements published in four countries: Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_400537_37


PTSD symptomatology and hazardous drinking as risk factors for sexual assault revictimization: Examination in European American and African American women. Littleton H, Ullman S.E. J. Trauma. Stress, ePub, 2013: The current study examines PTSD symptoms and hazardous drinking as predictors of new forcible and incapacitated rape over 1 year in a community sample of European American and African American sexual assault victims. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_400499_1


Sexual trauma and psychological injuries: what experts need to know. Phipps-Yonas S. Psychol. Inj. Law, 5(1): 12-36, 2012: This article introduces readers to the bodies of work that inform experts who conduct evaluations of plaintiffs or offer generic testimony in cases involving claims of psychological injuries in the aftermath of sexual trauma, including childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, and sexual harassment. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_400070_37


The role of childhood sexual abuse, childhood gender nonconformity, self-esteem and parental attachment in predicting suicide ideation and attempts in Turkish young adults. Eskin M. Suicidol. Online, 3: 114-123, 2012: This study investigates the role of childhood sexual abuse, self-esteem, childhood gender nonconformity and parental attachment in predicting suicidal ideation and attempts in Turkish university students. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_399848_25


A test of case linkage principles with solved and unsolved serial rapes. Woodhams J, Labuschagne G. J. Police Crim. Psychol, 27(1): 85-98, 2012: This study tests the assumptions of case linkage with a sample containing 1) offenses that remain unsolved, and 2) crime series that were first identified as possible series through DNA matches, rather than similar modus operandi. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_400034_37


The impact of psychological consequences of rape on rape case attrition: the police perspective. Maddox L, Lee D, Barker C. J. Police Crim. Psychol, 27(1): 33-44, 2012: This paper examines whether the psychological sequelae of rape relate to rape case attrition by leading police to see the victim as less reliable. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_400078_37


Investigative interviews with victims of child sexual abuse: the relationship between question type and investigation relevant information. Phillips E, Oxburgh G, Gavin A, Myklebust T. J. Police Crim. Psychol, 27(1): 45-54, 2012: This study examines the influence of question type during investigative interviews with victims of child sexual abuse on the number of items of Investigation Relevant Information (IRI) obtained during the interview. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_400058_24


Hair analysis interpretation of an unusual case of alleged scopolamine-facilitated sexual assault. Castro A, Lendoiro E, Quintela, Concheiro M, López-Rivadulla M, Cruz A. Forensic Toxicol, 30(2): 193-198, 2012: This article emphasises the importance of analyzing wash solvents for the correct interpretation of results in toxicological hair analysis. [Source: SafetyLit]. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_400055_1


VI. Events


Webinar: Growing beyond - An introduction to girls with sexual behavior problems, 4 June 2013. Please join this last online webinar in this new NEARI Press series.  Susan Robinson will present on Tuesday, June 4th at 2 PM EST.  Space is limited, so please register now to be guaranteed a spot! [Source: NEARI Press]. http://nearipress.org/free-webinars/146-up-next-in-the-webinar-series


ISS 4th international conference: National and international perspectives on crime reduction and criminal justice, 21 and 22 August 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa. Over the past three years the conference has been an excellent platform for researchers, academics, policy makers, practitioners and university students with an interest and passion for criminology and related disciplines to meet, network and share ideas and experiences. There is no registration fee to attend the conference. However, you are encouraged to register to attend as early as possible as seats are limited. [Source: ISS]. http://www.issafrica.org/events/iss-4th-international-conference-national-and-international-perspectives-on-crime-reduction-and-criminal-justice


Training course: Gender, peacebuilding and transitional justice: Theory and practice in Africa, 2 - 6 September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. This intensive course will explore the evolution of transitional justice mechanisms and will analyse their successes and failures in addressing gender-based human rights violations on the continent. It is intended to encourage an awareness of different theoretical and practical approaches to gender, transitional justice and peace-building, as well as foster understanding of developments in transitional justice from African perspectives. Applications close: 14 June 2013. [Source: UCT]. http://agi.ac.za/news/call-applications-intensive-week-long-residential-course-gender-peacebuilding-and-transitional


13th ISPCAN European conference on child abuse and neglect, 15 – 18 September 2013, Dublin, Ireland. This conference provides delegates with opportunities to discuss the current state of research and interventions on CAN in Europe and internationally, discuss new challenges and emerging topics and help shape national and international responses. Early registration ends 31 May 2013. [Source: ISPCAN]. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=53836


Masculinities, leadership and gender justice in sub-Saharan Africa, 16-26 September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. Sonke Gender Justice Network, the MenEngage Africa Network and the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town are proud to host this short, intensive, ten-day residential course which seeks to expand the skills and knowledge of women and men in the Sub-Saharan Africa region to scale up work on engaging men and boys in gender equality, and build a network of leaders and gender justice advocates. Applications close: 31 May 2013. [Source: Sonke Gender Justice Network]. http://www.menengage.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111&Itemid=85


2nd Pan African conference on parenting , 16 – 17 October 2013, Lilongwe, Malawi. This meeting will bring together experts, representatives of national, regional and international  organizations, government officials and partners committed to strengthening families to exchange ideas and hence inform policy and practice on parenting with skill in Africa. Abstract submissions are now open. [Source: Parenting in Africa]. http://www.parentinginafrica.org/en/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=30:announcing-the-2nd-pan-african-conference-on-parenting-2013&Itemid=27


For more events visit: http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm


VII. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities


Call for papers: Issue no. 19 - International Journal on Human Rights. Conectas Human Rights, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, CIVICUS: Worldwide Alliance for Citizen Participation and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development invite scholars and practitioners to submit articles for Sur Journal's Issue No. 19, to be published in December 2013, with a focus on Foreign Policy and Human Rights. Submissions close: 15 June 2013. [Source: AWID]. http://www.awid.org/eng/Get-Involved/Calls-for-Participation2/Call-for-Papers-Issue-No.-19-International-Journal-on-Human-Rights


VIII. Vacancies


Post-conflict evaluation consultant / International Center for Research on Women / Bunia and Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. [Source: ICRW]. http://www.icrw.org/careers/post-conflict-evaluation-consultant-%E2%80%93-democratic-republic-congo-drc


Programme officer / Just Detention International / Johannesburg, South Africa . [Source: JDI]. Contact: Sasha Gear at: sgear@justdetention.org


VAM officer P3 /  The World Food Programme / Ndjamena, Chad / Closing date: June 5, 2013. [Source: UN]. http://careers.un.org/


Women's human rights attorney / The Advocates for Human Rights / Minneapolis, MN, USA / Closing date: May 31, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Women-s-Human-Rights-Attorney


Post-conflict evaluation consultant / The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) / Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Post-Conflict-Evaluation-Consultant


Legal internship positions (Fall 2013) / The Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice / The Hague, the Netherlands / Closing date: June 17, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Legal-Internship-Positions-Fall-2013


Senior adviser, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) service delivery / International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) / London, UK / Closing date: June 21, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Adviser-Sexual-and-Reproductive-Health-SRH-Service-Delivery


Two part-time budget analysts / The Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) / Kampala, Uganda / Closing date: May 31, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Two-part-time-Budget-Analysts


Information and communications officer / Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) / Chiang Mai, Thailand / Closing date: May 31, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Information-and-Communications-Officer


Programme officer (Grounding the Global) / Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) / Chiang Mai, Thailand / Closing date: May 31, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Programme-Officer-Grounding-the-Global


Programme officer (Feminist Development Justice) / Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) / Chiang Mai, Thailand / Closing date: May 31, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Programme-Officer-Feminist-Development-Justice


Policy associate / Ipas / Chapel Hill, NC, USA. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Policy-Associate


Consultant: Technical advisor / UN Women / Suva, Fiji Island / Closing date: May 31, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Consultant-Technical-Advisor


Tanzania gender youth innovator / Youth Challenge International (YCI) / Mwanza, Tanzania / Closing date: May 31, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 27 May 2013]. http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Tanzania-Gender-Youth-Innovator



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


The Sexual Violence Research Initiative is hosted by the Medical Research Council, South Africa.  The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence and generate empirical data to ensure sexual violence is recognized as a priority public health problem.  To learn more about the SVRI visit our website www.svri.org or contact us at svri@mrc.ac.za


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