SEXUAL VIOLENCE PROJECT (SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST MEN AND BOYS)
Our sexual violence project falls under the Justice and Human Rights cluster of our Projects.
The project aims at creating awareness on sexual violence perpetrated against the male gender in conflict, post conflict and peace situations. The objective of the sexual violence project is to conduct desk and field research, create awareness, break the silence, change stereotypes, publish articles , engage stakeholders and policy makers in conversations on the subject and advocate for change of legislations in domestic jurisdictions where sexual violence against men and boys is not recognised. We strongly believe that by conducting research and continuously initiating conversations on this subject, there would be a rise in exchange of best practices between international and domestic jurisdictions on conflict-related sexual violence against males; as more attention will be given to the subject which has received less legal and social attention over the years.
At Centre for African Justice Peace and human Rights, our sexual violence project is divided into 3
- Annual Conference (AC)
- Research and Database Project (RDP)
- Legal Writing and Publication Project (LWPP)
ANNUAL CONFERENCE (AC)
CAJPHR organises annual conferences on sexual violence perpetrated against the male gender. At the conference, we invite resource persons from various backgrounds working on the issue of male sexual violence, such as Judges, Lawyers, Psychologists, Medical experts, legislators, Prosecutors, Academics, NGOs, religious organisations and law students, among others. Victims are not left out of the conversation as we bring male victims on board to share their experiences at the Conference. While some victims are courageous to reveal their identity, others prefer anonymity. The conference shall have the following aims:
- Create evidence of existence of male sexual violence.
- Create a platform for exchange of best practices between prosecution of sexual violence in domestic law and international law.
iii. Raise awareness and change stereotypes.
- Invite, encourage and publish academic research on sexual violence against men and boys.
- Raise campaign for empowerment and support of male victims’.
RESEARCH AND DATABASE PROJECT (RDP)
This Project provides resources on sexual violence against the Male gender in International law and domestic law, using Africa as a focus in terms of domestic laws. The project aims to create a comprehensive database containing laws in African countries on sexual violence against the male gender in particular. The Database will contain information about existing laws, statutes, decided cases, policy papers, books and articles on sexual violence in the region of focus. Resources on the procedure for reporting, investigating and prosecuting sexual violence in the jurisdictions mentioned above will be provided in the database which will be updated in line with recent jurisdictional legal developments.
The Database Project will create a one stop research point with information about past and present developments in prosecuting sexual violence in international Courts and Tribunals as well as domestic African Courts. This would expose existing gaps in legislation and policies and help researchers /policy makers make stronger policies on how to strengthen the legal protection for male victims of sexual violence in conflict and peace situations.
We strongly believe that, sufficient resources on sexual violence against males will break stereotypical ideologies and the silence surrounding rape of men and other forms of sexual violence. It would also expose the strategies of perpetrators, encourage reporting and attract more efforts towards victim support.
The Database Project aims at providing an evidentiary value to our work by publishing testimonies of male victims of sexual violence. CAJPHR has and is collecting testimonies of survivors of male sexual violence. Some testimonies have already been uploaded on our website and are accessible to all. In pursuing this project, due regard has been given to keep the identity of the victims confidential in case they wish so. There is also a possibility to have an interactive skype session with the victims willing to speak at our events and conferences. Such testimonies enable other survivors to gather courage to speak up and learn survival techniques.
LEGAL WRITING AND PUBLICATION PROJECT (LWPP)
Research has shown that sexual violence against men and boys is largely under reported, under discussed, under researched and under documented. In many domestic jurisdictions, gender specific definition of rape remain in existence in line with assumptions, prejudices and stereotypes surrounding sexual violence in general and sexual violence against males in particular. In international law, though some institutions, courts and tribunals seem to have progressed or developed in terms of statutory provisions governing male sexual violence, there appears to be an apparent gap in practice in terms of uniform applicability. There is dearth of international criminal law judicial precedence on male sexual violence and so much divergence in the response of International Courts/Tribunals on the subject.
CAJPHR finds it imperative that there should be sufficient available literature, in form of written articles, videos, poetry, reports, victim’s testimonies, survey questions, interviews, vox- populi, artistic drawing, graphic designs and books to encourage research and constant publication on social media and in print.