Sexual violence in post-conflict Liberia: survivors and their care.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/251333
Title:
Sexual violence in post-conflict Liberia: survivors and their care.
Authors:
Tayler-Smith, K; Zachariah, R; Hinderaker, S G; Manzi, M; De Plecker, E; Van Wolvelaer, P; Gil, T; Goetghebuer, S; Ritter, H; Bawo, L; Davis-Worzi, C
Journal:
Tropical Medicine & International Health : TM & IH
Abstract:
Using routine data from three clinics offering care to survivors of sexual violence (SV) in Monrovia, Liberia, we describe the characteristics of SV survivors and the pattern of SV and discuss how the current approach could be better adapted to meet survivors' needs. There were 1500 survivors seeking SV care between January 2008 and December 2009. Most survivors were women (98%) and median age was 13 years (Interquartile range: 9-17 years). Sexual aggression occurred during day-to-day activities in 822 (55%) cases and in the survivor's home in 552 (37%) cases. The perpetrator was a known civilian in 1037 (69%) SV events. Only 619 (41%) survivors sought care within 72 h. The current approach could be improved by: effectively addressing the psychosocial needs of child survivors, reaching male survivors, targeting the perpetrators in awareness and advocacy campaigns and reducing delays in seeking care.
Affiliation:
Medecins sans Frontieres, Medical Department, Operational Center Brussels, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway  International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France  Medecins sans Frontieres, Operational Center Brussels, Brussels, Belgium  Medecins sans Frontieres, Monrovia, Liberia  Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Monrovia, Liberia  Ministry of Gender and Development, Monrovia, Liberia.
Publisher:
Blackwell
Issue Date:
12-Nov-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/251333
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-3156.2012.03066.x
PubMed ID:
22882628
Language:
en
ISSN:
1365-3156
Appears in Collections:
Womens/Reproductive Health

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dc.contributor.authorTayler-Smith, Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorZachariah, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorHinderaker, S Gen_GB
dc.contributor.authorManzi, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorDe Plecker, Een_GB
dc.contributor.authorVan Wolvelaer, Pen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGil, Ten_GB
dc.contributor.authorGoetghebuer, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRitter, Hen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBawo, Len_GB
dc.contributor.authorDavis-Worzi, Cen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-07T20:23:23Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-07T20:23:23Z-
dc.date.issued2012-11-12-
dc.identifier.citationSexual violence in post-conflict Liberia: survivors and their care. 2012: Trop. Med. Int. Healthen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1365-3156-
dc.identifier.pmid22882628-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-3156.2012.03066.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/251333-
dc.description.abstractUsing routine data from three clinics offering care to survivors of sexual violence (SV) in Monrovia, Liberia, we describe the characteristics of SV survivors and the pattern of SV and discuss how the current approach could be better adapted to meet survivors' needs. There were 1500 survivors seeking SV care between January 2008 and December 2009. Most survivors were women (98%) and median age was 13 years (Interquartile range: 9-17 years). Sexual aggression occurred during day-to-day activities in 822 (55%) cases and in the survivor's home in 552 (37%) cases. The perpetrator was a known civilian in 1037 (69%) SV events. Only 619 (41%) survivors sought care within 72 h. The current approach could be improved by: effectively addressing the psychosocial needs of child survivors, reaching male survivors, targeting the perpetrators in awareness and advocacy campaigns and reducing delays in seeking care.en_GB
dc.languageENG-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBlackwellen_GB
dc.rightsArchived on this site with the kind permission of Wiley-Blackwell, [url]http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/tmi[/url]en_GB
dc.titleSexual violence in post-conflict Liberia: survivors and their care.en
dc.contributor.departmentMedecins sans Frontieres, Medical Department, Operational Center Brussels, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway  International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France  Medecins sans Frontieres, Operational Center Brussels, Brussels, Belgium  Medecins sans Frontieres, Monrovia, Liberia  Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Monrovia, Liberia  Ministry of Gender and Development, Monrovia, Liberia.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalTropical Medicine & International Health : TM & IHen_GB
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