- By: Chibuzo C Odigwe
Sexual violence is currently viewed as a global public health problem by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO's website currently has a wealth of information on the issue (www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/interpersonal/ip3/en/ and www.who.int/reproductive-health/publications/rhr_02_8/clinical_management.pdf). These resources give an insight into the extent of the problem, the consequences and risk factors predisposing to sexual violence, and highlight possible preventive measures.
Another informative site on the problem is hosted by the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights (www.stopvaw.org). This site is a “tool for the promotion of women's human rights in the countries of central and eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Kosovo.” The site seeks to “address violence against women as one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide.” The site features information on forms of violence against women encountered in these regions, namely domestic violence, sexual trafficking, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. It also offers specific information for each of the