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RN23_05b_P: Sexual Violence and Education
Thursday, 31/Aug/2017:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Jo Woodiwiss, University of Huddersfield
Location: PC.4.25
PANTEION University of Social & Political Sciences 136 Syggrou Avenue 17671 Athens, Greece Building: C, Level: 4.

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Sexual Offences in Denmark - Results from a National Survey

Marie Bruvik Heinskou1, Lasse Suonperä Liebst2, Peter Ejbye-Ernst3

1Aalborg University, Denmark; 2University of Copenhagen; 3NSCR

During the last years, the question of whether or not Denmark suffers from an increasing culture of violation mirroring incidents of rape and sexual coercion has been a hot topic. Thus, the low number of convictions and the complexities of the reported cases has brought about questions to be answered. The aim of the present paper is to present the actual prevalence of sexual offences in Denmark and to investigate the various forms of offenses and their distributions among men as well as women. Thus, this paper work with a conceptualization of rape having both men and women as potential victims and will deploy a bottom-up empirical approach in developing new typologies of sexual offences sensible to situational characteristics. The project is overridingly concerned with: 1) The number of victims of the various forms of offences. 2) The characteristics of the incidents. The population of interest is men and women above the age of 18 who potentially are victims of sexual offences. The analysis will initially take the form of descriptive statistics similar to those presented in existing victim survey reports but will additionally present a latent class analysis which is viable in identifying distinct classes or ideal types of a given phenomenon. The data collection has been carried out in collaboration with TNS Gallup and collected in two phases: 1) Reports from 3.000 Danish men and women is collected; 2) Reports from 250.000 Danish men and women have been collected through social medias/medias. The paper presents the overall results.

Tackling Sexual Violence in Neoliberal European Universities: Introduction to the USVReact Project and its Challenges

Pam Alldred

Brunel University London, United Kingdom

USVreact is the short name for Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence: Training for Sustainable Services, a large DAPHNE-III co-funded project (2016-18). The aim of the project is to develop training for university staff who may receive disclosures of sexual violence, and to embed these within institutions. This research project, led by Brunel University London, includes 24 institutions across 7 European countries. Each partner university is piloting a training programme with university staff and the revised programmes will be shared freely among universities as resources to improve responses to sexual violence.

We are keen that feminist research and survivors’ experiences inform the ‘training’ and, to be frank, we aspire to achieve educational goals not merely training. There is the danger that we seek the learning outcomes of Feminism 101 in a day or less of training. In particular we seek to employ the GAPWork Project’s inclusive definition of gender-related violence that problematizes the gender order as a whole, and would enable the university care pathways to respond sensitively to gender normative/transphobic/homophobic abuse, as well as VAW.

We have reviewed best practice and the diverse policy landscapes in Greece, Italy, Spain and the UK. The evaluations will each be situated in the context of these and the particular cultural politics, institutional cultures and practices, but we will then attempt to consider what elements of context are common across the European contexts. How is sexuality shaped by the neoliberal context in which universities are required to operate? How is reputation functioning in gender-specific and institutional ways, and following Phipps (2015) what are the implications for sexual violence in particular?

USV React:Training on supporting victims of sexual violence at university: an example from Panteion University

Alexandra Zavos, Paraskevi Touri

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece

This paper discusses the experience of setting up, for the first time, a training program on support-ing victims of sexual violence at university, at one of the leading public Social and Political Science Institutions in Greece, Panteion University.

The issue of sexual violence at university has, so far, not been the object of specific institutional policies or interventions either at Panteion, or at other Greek universities. The training program in-troduced at Panteion University aimed to address this vacuum. Delivered over a period of six months to members of the university community, including members of staff and administration, as well as students, the training focused on raising overall awareness on the issue, discussing possible strategies for supporting victims, as well as facilitating the development of grassroots level re-sponses that can feed into new institutional policies. Moreover, the links between sexual violence at university and gender based violence more generally were further explored, contributing to a broader understanding and evaluation of institutional academic culture in Greece.

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