Posted by in on July 5, 2014

The Making of Sexual Violence: How Does a Boy Grow Up to Commit Rape?

Women and girls around the world experience staggering levels of rape and other forms of sexual violence. This violence devastates lives, unhinges communities, and hampers greater social and economic development. While the severity, frequency, and purpose of this violence can broaden during times of conflict or emergency, its foundations are laid during “peacetime,” as is underscored by the extreme levels of violence observed consistently across the globe. Yet it is only in recent decades that policymakers, researchers, and programmers have begun to pay closer attention to this urgent violation of human rights and barrier to sustainable development.

During the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) released a new report on the prevalence of rape and sexual violence in Chile, Croatia, India, Mexico and Rwanda. The report, The Making of Sexual Violence: How Does a Boy Grow Up to Commit Rape?, presents findings related to men’s self-reported perpetration of sexual violence, investigates seven domains of possible influences on men’s perpetration of sexual violence and provides actionable lessons and recommendations as part of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES). The analysis was led by ICRW with feedback and guidance from Promundo.

Source: Promundo