WBEZ | sexual violence http://www.wbez.org/tags/sexual-violence Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The U.N. and Haiti's cholera epidemic http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-16/un-and-haitis-cholera-epidemic-110504 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP552479940712.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although the earthquake in Haiti happened almost five years ago, the country, which is one of the most impoverished in the Americas, continues to feel the after-effects, including the spread of cholera. We&#39;ll find out about a lawsuit which hopes to hold the U.N. accountable.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-against-women-in-haiti/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-against-women-in-haiti.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-against-women-in-haiti" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The U.N. and Haiti's cholera epidemic" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-16/un-and-haitis-cholera-epidemic-110504 Study sheds light on men who buy sex in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/news/study-sheds-light-men-who-buy-sex-illinois-104858 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74549615" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>This article contains a graphic description of sexual violence.</em></p><p>A <a href="http://g.virbcdn.com/_f2/files/22/FileItem-276524-FinalWeb_OurGreatHobby.pdf">new report</a> about Illinois men who turn to online message boards to discuss buying sex reveals how they evade law enforcement and engage one another through an anonymous, hypermasculine brotherhood.<br /><br />The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation released the study Friday. It analyzed data from the USA Sex Guide, a website in which hetereosexual men refer to themselves as &ldquo;hobbyists&rdquo; and &ldquo;mongers&rdquo; of prostitution. During a three-month period johns in Illinois &ndash;&nbsp;from urban to suburban to rural &ndash;&nbsp;created 2,600 posts about buying sex. They shared strategies, errors and offered pep talks.<br /><br />&ldquo;Whereas in the past, men who learned about sex did so primarily through their own trial and error, now johns inform one another about the successes and failures other johns have experienced,&rdquo; said Lara Janson, the study&rsquo;s author. &ldquo;To many men who buy sex, the johns&#39; (message) boards are a critical resource in helping them feel empowered.&rdquo;<br /><br />Some sample comments: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had luck once picking up a girl, don&rsquo;t know if she was a pro or not but she was dressed in civilian cloths [sic] (mid 20&rsquo;s) standing in the middle of the street&nbsp;on touchy [sic] and McCormick on the north side. She was holding a sign that&nbsp;said she was recently a laid off seeking help. Offered to get her food at the mcdonalds on touchy [sic] and it led to some great sex for 60&hellip;.the scene was not&nbsp;of a John picking up a pro but rather just civilians helping another. Isn&rsquo;t that what&nbsp;we all do on this board?&rdquo;<br /><br />According to the report, these johns discuss inflicting violence on women and&nbsp;buying sex from girls who are potentially minors and victims of sex trafficking.<br /><br />Men on these message boards also remark how law enforcement efforts to deter prostitution on the john side are effective. Reverse stings generate discussions about whether to continue buying sex.<br /><br />&ldquo;Policies that target them or increase law enforcement presence in areas where the commercial sex operates may simply end their cruise for a evening or it may end their mongering permanently,&rdquo; Janson said.<br /><br />On the other hand, many johns said that policies that single out prostituted women and men of color who buy sex don&rsquo;t appear to deter them.<br /><br />CAASE has argued&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/chicago-police-shift-prostituion-approach" target="_blank">for years</a> that prostitutes should not be the target for arrests and prosecution. Advocates say this latest report underscores that message and reinforces the need to shift the culture around commercial sex.<br /><br />&ldquo;Based on this finding, we recommend that law enforcement agencies end the habitual arrest of prostituted people, collaborate with local providers to provide meaningful supportive services to prostituted people and screen them for potential trafficking in order to uncover trafficking crimes,&rdquo; said Rachel Durchslag, CAASE executive director.<br /><br />She said CAASE has yet to meet with law enforcement about the report.</p></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/study-sheds-light-men-who-buy-sex-illinois-104858 SlutWalks don't work in South Africa, says Johannesburg blogger http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/slutwalks-dont-work-south-africa-says-johannesburg-blogger-92333 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/southafrica1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this year, a police officer went on a routine visit to York University in Toronto to advise young women on safety. His tip? Women should avoid dressing like sluts to avoid sexual assault.</p><p>His comments sparked a global protest movement called "SlutWalk." From Canada to the U.S. to India and, now, South Africa, women take to the streets, sometimes in their bras and underwear, to protest prevalent attitudes that blame victims of sexual assault, not the perpetrators.</p><p>Writer Zama Ndlovu felt uneasy when the SlutWalk campaign rolled into her native South Africa. She wrote <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/Africa-Monitor/2011/0823/Why-I-will-not-take-part-in-a-South-African-SlutWalk" target="_blank">a column</a> in the <em>Christian Science Monitor</em> arguing that SlutWalks are culturally insensitive and “not the right tool” to solve the problem of widespread sexual violence. A <a href="http://mg.co.za/article/2009-06-18-quarter-of-men-in-south-africa-admit-rape" target="_blank">new study</a> by South Africa's Medical Research Council says that one in four South African men admit to having raped a woman at least once. Zama tells us why she won't participate in SlutWalk Johannesburg.</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/slutwalks-dont-work-south-africa-says-johannesburg-blogger-92333 In Libya, al-Beidi's story raises awareness of sexual violence under Qaddafi http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-07/libya-al-beidis-story-raises-awareness-sexual-violence-under-qaddafi-848 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-07/109382376.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Libyan Iman al-Obeidi caught the world’s attention last month when she burst into a Tripoli hotel and told the international press she was detained and gang-raped by Qaddafi’s militiamen. The scene—and her subsequent seizure by pro-Qaddafi hotel workers—was captured on video.</p><p>Obeidi’s frankness won her many supporters among Libyan rebels. Her story also raises the issue of rape in a society that rarely speaks about sexual violence.</p><p>Asma Magariaf, a Libyan-American activist based in Washington D.C., discusses the significance of Obeidi’s tragic ordeal.</p></p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-07/libya-al-beidis-story-raises-awareness-sexual-violence-under-qaddafi-848