Rio, Brazil: A convergence to place sexual violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse and maltreatment at the heart of resolve
SVRI 2017 Forum:
South Africa | A diverse assembly of global stakeholders will engage on possible interventions to prevent and manage the avalanche of gender-based violence (GBV) in various corners of the globe. According to worldwide estimates, about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime and globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner.
The South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC) Gender and Health Research Unit having recently released a Rape Justice in South Africareport will present research reflecting the South African context at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Conference 18 – 21 September 2017. The Unit’s report shows that the gaps in the country’s criminal justice system continues to perpetuate unresolved cases of rape with only 340 guilty verdicts emanating from 3 952 reported rape cases.
“The shortfalls in case reporting; police investigations; medico legal examinations; and prosecution processes in cases of rape may not be unique to South Africa,” says Elizabeth Dartnall, SVRI Research Manager. “We may find a common thread in developing countries where restricted resources and social constructs influence the reporting experience.”
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