From 25 November to 10 December 2019, we will be using our voices to highlight an issue which is not addressed enough when talking about domestic abuse: sexual violence.
Despite repeated evidence to the contrary, the majority of myths around sexual violence still center on strangers in dark streets. Society needs to realise that stranger rape is not all there is to sexual violence; it is more varied, more hidden and more common. We need to end harmful stereotypes around sexual violence and address the real issues.
Perpetrator programmes need to start openly and consistently addressing sexual violence as a part of intimate partner violence, as well as the role pornography consumption can play in developing violent sexual behaviours. We need to have open conversations about bodily autonomy & consent in relationships.
Lastly, all countries need to sign, ratify and implement the Istanbul Convention – ensuring that victims of sexual violence get the help and support they need when they choose to come forward.
You are a WWP EN member and are interested in participating? Get in touch with Anna and she will give you all the information you need.