Sexual Violence : 1st Global Meeting
01/04/2017 @ 8:00 am - 03/04/2017 @ 5:00 pm£295
This conference aims to not only discuss the interdisciplinary intersections of sexual violence but strives to strategize ways to enact change. Sexual violence is a global problem that affects individuals, families, relationships, communities, and cultures. Defined as any unwanted sexual behaviour, sexual violence may include harassment, stalking, criminal sexual contact, or sexual assault. Although the prevalence of sexual violence is widespread, data to support the prevalence is often conflicting because of low reporting rates (Chasteen, 2010). Therefore, due to this lack of information, a true representation of the problem may not be fully known.
The effects of such violence are profound. Consistently, increased health risks and behaviours have been found to be associated with a history of sexual abuse in childhood and adolescence. This type of violence negatively affects an individual’s health and development and impacts their risks and resilience for psychological disorders, alcohol and drug use, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), depression, panic attacks, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide attempts. The Adverse Childhood Exposure (ACE) Study (Felitti et al, 1998) suggests that there is a strong and graded relationship between ten different adverse childhood experiences including emotional and physical neglect and sexual and physical abuse with risk factors for death and disease. Despite these risks, stories of resilience and empowerment exist.
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