Sexual Violence

Country: Portugal

City: Lisbon

Abstr. due: 28.10.2016

Dates: 01.04.17 — 03.04.17

Area Of Sciences: Psychology; Sociology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Organizers: Inter-Disciplinary.Net


This conference aims to not only discuss the interdisciplinary intersections of sexual violence but strives to strategize ways to enact change.  Sexual violence is a global problem that affects individuals, families, relationships, communities, and cultures.  Defined as any unwanted sexual behaviour, sexual violence may include harassment, stalking, criminal sexual contact, or sexual assault.  Although the prevalence of sexual violence is widespread, data to support the prevalence is often conflicting because of low reporting rates (Chasteen, 2010).  Therefore, due to this lack of information, a true representation of the problem may not be fully known.

The effects of such violence are profound.  Consistently, increased health risks and behaviours have been found to be associated with a history of sexual abuse in childhood and adolescence.  This type of violence negatively affects an individual’s health and development and impacts their risks and resilience for psychological disorders, alcohol and drug use, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), depression, panic attacks, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide attempts.  The Adverse Childhood Exposure (ACE) Study (Felitti et al, 1998) suggests that there is a strong and graded relationship between ten different adverse childhood experiences including emotional and physical neglect and sexual and physical abuse with risk factors for death and disease.  Despite these risks, stories of resilience and empowerment exist.

This conference has a global focus; it aims to facilitate dialogue and spark innovative collaborations and discussions at the international level. We welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations, going beyond the academic world and bringing together researchers, community, and professionals engaged in work on Sexual Violence.  We welcome traditional papers, panels and workshop proposals, as well as other forms of presentation platforms (art, poetry, posters, video submissions, etc.) favoured outside academia, given the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, recognising that different groups express themselves in various formats and mediums.

We seek submissions on any of the following themes:

Consequences of Sexual Violence: What is its impact on the individual?; What are the impacts on communities, relationships, society?  Global trends; Sexual dysfunction; Systemic concerns; Economic toll; Physical and reproductive health impact; Mental health impact; PTSD; Vicarious trauma; Hyper-vigilance; Slut-shaming; Victim-blaming

Defining Sexual Violence: What is sexual violence?; An understanding of the values and socio-political forces that define problem; Cultural differences, meanings, and narratives; Personal narratives; Historical and literary perspectives; Sexual violence and sex work; Sexual violence in universities; Sexual violence in the military; Sexual violence in the workplace; Sexual violence and media; Consensual violence as sexual script; Sex trafficking; Child marriage; Female genital mutilation; Gender normalising surgeries on intersex children; Male genital cutting practices, male circumcision; Rape as a tactic of war; Covert sexual violence; Defining consent; Obtaining consent; Defining rape culture.

Defining Survivor: What does it mean to be a survivor?; Victim versus survivor narratives; Populations affected; Marginalized populations; Hidden populations

Healing: How does one heal from sexual violence? Trauma-informed best practices; Creating safety; Creating community; Thriving; Vicarious trauma on responders; Self-care.

Legal Concerns: How do current laws help or hurt victims?; How do current laws help or hurt perpetrators? Sexual violence and the criminal justice system; Legal issues and sexual violence; Rights and responsibilities; Media representations and misrepresentations.

Perpetrators: Who commits sexual violence?; Motives and motivations; Risk factors; Myths; What causes sexual violence?; How do institutional hierarchies like patriarchy or poverty contribute to the problem?; Dismantling rape culture.

Policy: Current policies and programs and their impact; Proposed policies and programs and their impact; Failed policies and programs and their impact; Unmet needs; Trends; Policy analysis and outcomes

Prevention:  What can be done to prevent sexual violence?  Best practices; Role of alcohol and drugs in prevention; Community efforts; Bystander intervention; Media Literacy; Sex education.

Social Media, Technology, and Sexual Violence: Online anonymity and its dangers; Stolen identity; The ‘lurking predator’; Slut-shaming; Victim blaming; Trolling; Harassment: Invasion of privacy; Revenge pornography; Receiving unsolicited sexts; The nude selfie as child pornography – case examples and prosecution alternatives; GPS and location based apps and the possibility of abuse; Stalking

We also welcome additional proposal themes related to sexual violence.

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