5 Things We’re Reading This Week - August 24, 2020

This week, several new pieces highlight the difficulty in coming forward as a survivor of sexual violence. In an op-ed, Chanel Miller, artist and author of Know My Name, details the thoughts and feelings she had that held her back from coming forward. Through our VACS data, we know that rates of disclosing instances of sexual violence are low, and that rates of receiving services are even lower; a UNICEF blog underlines this point with a cross-country analysis of VACS data, showing that across countries, the percentage of children who ever told someone informally about their experience was low–23% in Cambodia, 32% in Kenya, and 42% in Tanzania. Finally, a global survey by Plan International revealed that many girls view violence as an inescapable feature of daily life experienced at home, at school, on the streets, and on public transport. According to the survey, “Violence is normalized early on in the home,” which could explain why survivors don’t report it.


To read more, see below for five news stories that caught our attention this week:

1. I Thought Anonymity Was a Shield After My Sexual Assault. But Coming Forward Brought Me Back to Myself

TIME, (August 14, 2020): In this op-ed, Chanel Miller, artist and author of Know My Name, explains her thoughts and feelings leading up to her coming forward as a survivor of sexual assault, and the unexpected outcomes of doing so.

2. Five Things We Learned From Research On Child Survivors Of Violence


UNICEF, (August 18, 2020): This blog uses data from a publication analyzing VACS results in six countries to highlight five things they’ve learned from research on child survivors of violence.

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3. 73% Of Girls Say Gender-based Violence Biggest Barrier To Gender Equality


Plan International, (August 11, 2020): This piece highlights results from their global survey showing that girls worldwide believe gender-based violence is the biggest barrier to gender equality.

4. PTSD Physical Symptoms Can Be Confounding for Sexual Assault Survivors


Teen Vogue, (August 19, 2020): This story highlights the long-term physical impact of sexual violence through interviews with doctors and survivors.

5. Mobile Tech: An Answer to Gender-Based Violence?


Global Women’s Institute, (August 19, 2020): This blog explains how more can be done with the use of information technology to address GBV. It highlights an innovative app by Flone Initiative that collects geomap data to help individuals make safer travel choices.

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