Caring for Boys affected by Sexual Violence

Posted By: • July 17th, 2018

Sexual violence affects boys and girls. However interventions, public attention and donor investments fail to aptly address the experiences of boys. Family for Every Child examined this critical issue of sexual violence affecting boys through its global scoping study, Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence. This study explores both sexual abuse experienced by boys, including sexual exploitation, as well as harmful sexual behaviour of boys; referred to collectively as sexual violence. Read More

Being Heard Webinar

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • December 5th, 2017

Involving children and young people in participatory research on sexual violence – challenges and approaches
In collaboration with the  International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ (IC), University of Bedfordshire (one of the RISE implementing partners) and the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls programme, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) hosted a joint webinar to share emerging findings from a scoping which was undertaken to review international evidence on youth engagement in participatory research on sexual violence. Read More

Studies in Child Protection: Sexual Extortion and Nonconsensual Pornography

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • November 15th, 2018

The purpose of this paper is to define and analyze sexual extortion and nonconsensual pornography
as they impact children, as well as to better understand obstacles to prevention, policy intervention,
and prosecution. This paper, framed with a global perspective, also presents effective, model
legislative responses and highlights global efforts that are readily adaptable by individual countries to
combat the growing number of cases of children who are exploited via sexual extortion and the
nonconsensual sharing of intimate images. Read More

Networked individuals, gendered violence: A literature review of cyber violence

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • November 15th, 2018

Published in 2018, this literature review evaluates how cyber violence has been broadly conceived and studied in the scientific literature. This research also assesses the state of primary research in the cyber violence field, identifies gaps, and provides directions for future research. Read More

Ethical considerations when using social media for evidence generation.

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • September 14th, 2018

This paper examines the benefits, risks and ethical considerations when undertaking evidence generation using social media platforms and third-party data collected and analysed by social media services. (Source: UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti). Read More

Tanzania: The law and FGM.

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • August 13th, 2018

This report discusses the prevalence of female genital mutilation in Tanzania and recommends ways in which the country can bring about change through implementation of laws. (Source: 28 Too Many). Read More

Webinar: Nigeria turns purple!

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • August 6th, 2018

Organized by CPC Learning Network & LINEA, this webinar shares innovative approaches to creating and measuring social norms change in Nigeria. Voices for Change (V4C) used a social norms marketing approach to inspire young people’s attitudinal and behaviour change to create an enabling environment for women’s empowerment in Nigeria. Read More


Posted By: • July 30th, 2018

Cultural and social norms are highly influential in shaping individual behaviour, including the use of violence. Norms can protect against violence, but they can also support and encourage the use of it. For instance, cultural acceptance of violence, either as a normal method of resolving conflict or as a usual part of rearing a child, is a risk factor for
all types of interpersonal violence (1). It may also help explain why countries experiencing high levels of one type of violence also experience increased levels of other types (2). Social tolerance of violent behaviour is likely learned in childhood, through the use of corporal punishment (2) or witnessing violence in the family (3,4), in the media (5) or in
other settings. Read More

We Keep It In Our Hearts: Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys in the Syria Crisis

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • July 23rd, 2018

This exploratory study examined sexual violence against men and boys in the Syria crisis and their access to services in Jordan, Lebanon, and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). In addition to a review of the literature and an online survey completed by 33 key informants, in-country data collection was undertaken in October 2016. Key informant interviews with 73 humanitarian personnel from 34 agencies were conducted as well as 21 focus group discussions with 196 refugees. Read More

Men and boys in displacement: Assistance and protection challenges for unaccompanied boys and men in refugee contexts

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • July 23rd, 2018

Refugee women and children face specific risks and their needs are, quite rightly, highlighted and addressed by the humanitarian community. However, the situation and specific needs of single male refugees is often less understood. This report aims to address this information gap. With a focus on the situation in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Greece, it aims to provide a better understanding of the gendered impact of the refugee crisis on unaccompanied adolescent boys, aged 13 to 17, and men, single or living separately from their families; and to highlight actual and potential gaps in the humanitarian response. Read More