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[afro-nets] Network issue on nonconsensual sex now online


  • From: David Hock <DHock@fhi.org>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 14:31:11 -0400

Network issue on nonconsensual sex now online
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Greetings and apologies for any cross-postings!

Network Vol. 23, No. 4 is now online. This issue of Family
Health International's (FHI) scientific bulletin focuses on the
topic of nonconsensual sex.

Read the full text of Network 23(4) on FHI's Web site or
download a copy (PDF) at
http://www.fhi.org/en/RH/Pubs/Network/v23_4/index.htm

Here is a brief summary of the issue:

Network: Nonconsensual Sex
Vol. 23, No. 4, 2005

This issue of Network describes the variety of means by which
children, adolescents, and adults - men and women alike - are
pressured to have sexual relations that they do not want. Non-
consensual sex may be a major contributing factor to such repro-
ductive health problems as unintended pregnancy and its compli-
cations, as well as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted in-
fections (STIs). Transmission of these infections will persist -
despite common STI/HIV prevention approaches of emphasizing sex-
ual abstinence, faithfulness in relationships, and condom use -
as long as nonconsensual sex remains widespread. Reproductive
health providers are often particularly well placed to detect
sexual coercion and to care for its predominantly female vic-
tims. But experts have called for more rigorous evaluation of
provider interventions to determine how they affect clients'
health or exposure to further violence. Some experts have also
called for financial support and rigorous evaluation of preven-
tion initiatives that address the root causes of nonconsensual
sex.

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