I grew up in a home where we were taught valuable lessons about not wasting money, not wasting time, not wasting an education. I am left with a wasted childhood.
South Asian survivor of incestuous sexual abuse. The Children We Sacrifice, by Grace Poore (2000)
Sexual violence is defined as any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work.
WHO: Violence against Women: Sexual Violence (2002)
Excessive restrictions designed to control female sexuality are used to label women’s sexual expression as transgressions, to justify victim-blaming, and to mask the high prevalence and incidence of sexual violence. In some Asian communities, violations can include being forced to watch and imitate pornography, denying the right to choose or express a different sexual orientation, forced marriage, child marriage, marital rape, ‘corrective’ rape of lesbians, body modification and humiliation, cyber-stalking, mass rape in conflict zones, and more. In private and public spheres, sexual violence is carried out with impunity, with appallingly low conviction rates for rapists. Women and girls are overwhelmingly targeted for sexual violence; but boys, men, and LGBTQ individuals are also victimized.
- 1 in 3 (30%) of Asian and Pacific Islander women reported sexual violence victimization (not including rape) in their lifetime.
CDC: 2010 NISVS Summary Report (2011)
- 56% of Filipinas and 64% of Indian and Pakistani women had experienced sexual violence by an intimate in a study of 143 domestic violence survivors.
Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking (2011)
- Of 160 API-serving domestic violence programs surveyed, 69% report addressing sexual violence/sexual assault.
A to Z Advocacy Model Report (2017)
Resources on Sexual Violence
Types of sexual violence, vulnerable women and potentially dangerous settings.
Suggestions for advocates, survivors, communities and domestic violence agencies on how to address sexual violence.
This training curriculum helps advocates identify types of sexual violence and understand how an advocate’s own discomfort can discourage victims from disclosing abuse.
By A/PI DVRP
An overview that orients the reader on the geographical, historical, ethno-linguistic, and cultural diversity of Pacific Islander communities.
Produced by SHaKTI Productions
Through stories by women abused from as young as two, this documentary explores the universal crime of incestuous sexual abuse through the prism of South Asian experience, looking at the social and cultural resistance to dealing with incest and how it affects South Asian women on two continents.
#MeToo in Asia and API Communities
Female journalists, male politicians and the epidemic of sexual harassment in Asean, Asian Correspondent
#MeToo assault campaign hits Japan, Japan Times
Centers for Disease Control: The Lifetime Economic Burden of Rape among U.S. Adults (2017)
Center for Changing our Campus Culture: directory of national organizations dedicated to ending sexual assault on campus.
HEART Women & Girls: promotes sexual health and sexual violence awareness in Muslim communities.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC): provides online modules, library, and other resources on preventing and responding to sexual violence.