Strategic framework: a church-based response to sexual violence
Sexual violence is common within communities worldwide – but as an issue it remains largely hidden. Women, girls, men and boys are all at risk of sexual violence.
UN statistics find that:
- Today, many women – in some countries as many as one in three – are beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime.
- Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
- On the basis of data collected from 24,000 women in ten countries, between 55% and 95% of women who have been physically abused by their partners have never contacted NGOs, shelter or police for help.
Statistics from UNiTE to End Violence against Women, 2009
There are church networks stretching across many communities where the influence and nature of faith means that churches are reaching the most vulnerable people in areas where NGOs cannot reach.
Tearfund’s strategic framework focuses around five key outcomes:
- Faith communities will be equipped to speak out and act
- Churches become safe places
- Survivor movements will influence policy and practice
- Men and boys will be involved in preventing sexual violence and promoting gender equality
- Good practice responses to sexual violence will be established in the humanitarian sector
Sexual Violence Research Initiative
Gender and Development Network: Guidance notes on violence against women and girls
Ending Sexual Violence Together - A strategic framework for Tearfund (PDF 1.2 MB)