Knowledge and attitudes towards sexual violence in conflict-affected rural communities in the Walikale District, DR Congo: implications for rural health services
2014 (English)In: Annals of Public Health and Research, Vol. 1, no 2, 1009- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sexual violence has become endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but the perspectives of rural communities of the scourge remain poorly researched. This study aims to describe the attitudes and knowledge of rural communities in regard to sexual violence, its occurrence and associated problems in rural communities in the Itebero/Walikale district in the DRC. A descriptive cross-sectional design was adopted, and a structured questionnaire used. Four hundred respondents participated, representing a group of ten villages populated by a total of 10,000 inhabitants. The respondents stated that perpetrators were often men from their own village. The fields were cited as being the place where most of the assaults occurred. A substantial proportion of the respondents lacked sufficient knowledge of the health outcomes of sexual violence. HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies were the most feared consequences. The victims of violence either experienced compassion or suffered rejection, depending on the community groups. Victims were mostly supported by women from their community, followed by husbands, relatives and authorities. Health facilities were the primary sources of support for victims. Rural health facilities need to revolutionise their health education strategies to improve the current situation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 1, no 2, 1009- p.
Sexual violence; Community perspectives; Rural health; Post-conflict
Research subject Health and Medical Care Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-42249OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-42249DiVA: diva2:784338