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An overview of sexual violence against women and children in China

Date: Thursday 1 November 13.30–15.00
Source: Forum 11
Authors: Chan Edward Ko Ling, Assistant Professor, Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China


This paper provides an overview of research on sexual violence in China.

It is based on a review of literature in the form of journal articles and book chapters located in databases. The prevalence of and risk factors for various types of sexual violence is reviewed, and community knowledge and perceptions about sexual violence are discussed to demonstrate how cultural beliefs influence reporting and help-seeking behaviour by sexual violence survivors/victims.

Existing intervention and prevention strategies are examined and new services are suggested in the context of Chinese societies.

Five interrelated prevention strategies are proposed for the prevention of sexual violence in mainland China and Hong Kong: (1) legal reform; (2) anti-violence policy; (3) development of professional and specialized services; (4) training for professionals; and (5) research. Recommendations for future research on sexual violence in China are made.

The findings of this paper will inform discussions on how research can be used to strengthen policies and services to better respond to and prevent sexual violence in China.