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Assessment of Sexual Violence Against Female Students in Wolaita Sodo University, Southern Ethiopia

NCJ Number
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 28 Issue: 11 Dated: July 2013 Pages: 2351-2367
Abebayehu Tora
Date Published
July 2013
17 pages
Studies indicate that girls and women encounter sexual violence in their day-to-day social life in all cultures and societies. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of sexual violence against female students in Wolaita Sodo University; 374 female students provided responses to self-administered questionnaire. The study revealed 23.4% 95% CI = 18.7-27.3 attempted rape, 8.7% 95% CI = 3.6-12.9 completed rape, 24.2% 95% CI = 17.7-26.1 committed physical harassment, 18.7% 95% CI = 12.8-20.3 committed verbal harassment, and 11.3% 95% CI = 6.6-12.6 forced sexual initiation. Reported level of these perpetrations was experienced mainly at high school and during enrollment year in the university. Boyfriends, close friends, family members and relatives, school and university teachers, other employees, and strangers were found to be the key perpetrators of sexual violence against women. Interventions are required to create a safe learning environment for female students through prevention and rehabilitation programs.