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


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Title: The Making of Sexual Violence: How Does a Boy Grow Up to Commit Rape?
Publication: International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
Author: Brian Heilman, Luciana Hebert, Nastasia Paul-Gera
Date: 06/01/2014

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.

The most recent international data show that one in three women worldwide experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner in their lifetimes.

This report presents an overview of five study sites of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), presents findings related to men’s self-reported perpetration of sexual violence, investigates seven domains of possible influences on men’s sexual violence perpetration and provides actionable lessons and recommendations.

This report proceeds as follows. First, it presents an overview of the IMAGES study. Second, it outlines the data and analytical methods used for this report. Third, it presents findings related to men’s self-reported perpetration of sexual violence. Fourth, it investigates seven domains of possible influences on men’s sexual violence perpetration. Fifth and finally, it closes with actionable lessons and recommendations.

 

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