ERIC Number: EJ1104276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
"Sexual Violence Is Not Good for Our Country's Development". Students' Interpretations of Sexual Violence in a Secondary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Le Mat, Marielle L. J.
Gender and Education, v28 n4 p562-580 2016
It has been increasingly recognised that sexual violence in schools is one of the major concerns with regard to promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights. This paper examines how boys and girls define, experience, and interpret sexual violence in a secondary school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and considers from their perspectives, how sexual violence can be addressed effectively in formal educational settings. Fifteen in-depth interviews and two focus group discussions revealed how these views can be strikingly different for boys and girls: boys sharing a theoretical and instrumental view on sexual violence, as opposed to girls' emotional views based on their experiences. This major difference in understanding complicates teaching about sexuality, and leaves room for sexual violence to remain tolerated in schools. Nevertheless, all students express the need to learn openly about sexuality, and particularly to reflect on the contradicting messages they receive from their environment.
Descriptors: Violence, Sexual Abuse, Secondary School Students, Intervention, Interviews, Focus Groups, Females, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Social Influences, Gender Bias, School Safety, Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia
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