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   Sexual Violence: An International Perspective
September 25, 2008

~The third online event in the Series on Sexual Violence~

This event examined practical implications of sexual assault training in the United States, Colombia and the implication sexual assault has on policy.  The discussion was moderated by Kris Rose (slides), Senior Advisor to the Director at the National Institute of Justice.  The panel (bios) included:

  • Cindy Dyer (slides) - Director, Office of Violence Against Women
  • Gary Sheridan (slides) - Program Manager for Colombia, US Department of Justice Criminal Division - ICITAP
  • Rachel Jewkes (slides) - Director, South African Medical Research Council's Gender & Health Research Unit; Secretary, Sexual Violence Research Initiative

Recording - View the multimedia recording of this event.

Resources - Links to resources related to this event.

Polls - See the results of various audience polls (these numbers reflect informal polls of our audience, and are not intended for use as scientific data).

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According to the United Nations, it is estimated that, worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. Violence against women during or after armed conflicts has been reported in every international or non-international war-zone. Between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda; between 20,000 and 50,000 women were raped during the conflict in Bosnia in the early 1990s.

This provocative discussion examined sexual violence from an international perspective, including the challenges being faced by those who are developing programs and practices to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable.

This event was the third of four in the Series on Sexual Violence, sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice.  Recordings and presenters' slides are now available for each event in the series:

  1. Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact
    June 19, 2008
  2. Sexual Violence and Evidence Collection
    August 13, 2008
  3. Sexual Violence: An International Perspective
    September 25, 2008
  4. Sexual Assault on College Campuses
    December 11, 2008

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