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Last year, the UN recorded 3,688 confirmed cases of sexual violence in conflict, indicating a sharp 50 percent increase in such incidents compared to the previous year. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, announced this when speaking at a meeting of the Security Council.

There is a setback in the area of ​​gender equality, while global defense spending has reached unprecedented levels, the Special Representative noted.

– In 2023, women and girls accounted for 95 percent of verified incidents of conflict-related sexual violence. In 32 percent of cases, the victims were children.

– According to World Health Organization statistics, one in five women and one in thirteen men experienced “acts of sexual abuse” as children.

– Every sixth crime is committed in the family.

It is important to note that sexualized violence includes not only rape itself, but also harassment, seduction, or molestation. To put it very simply, it is the involvement of a person in an unwanted sexual relationship. This traumatic experience can subsequently affect various aspects of life.

In addition to anger, disgust and fear, it is quite common for survivors of sexualized violence to experience guilt and shame. Why is this happening? There are many stereotypes in society about sexualized violence, often blaming the victim of violence for what happened. “I put on a short skirt, which means I was seducing”

Only recently has society begun to debunk stereotypes and say that the one who commits it is responsible for violence. But the power of stereotypes is great and they still strongly influence not only the opinions of others, but also the attitude of survivors of violence towards themselves. Society often tends to blame people who have experienced violence due to the fact that people need to find some reasons and thereby protect themselves from the anxiety that arises. The formula “bad things don’t happen to good people” helps them protect themselves from meeting the reality of the world, where anything can happen to anyone, reduces anxiety, but at the same time it also works in the opposite direction – it leads to self-blame. After all, if something “bad” happened to you, then something is wrong with you. People who have experienced sexualized violence stop being “friends” with their body, stop feeling and noticing it, or begin to consider it something dirty and vicious. The body begins to be perceived as something separate, often as an enemy. This may cause problems with sleep, appetite, self-care, and seeking medical help. All this can lead to serious consequences and aggravate the emotional state.

You can minimize the consequences of violence by believing and demonstrating acceptance when the victim talks about what happened.

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