ACADEMIC – Campus Watch: Cornell researchers contribute to African sexual abuse report
Campus Watch: Cornell researchers contribute to African sexual abuse report
By D.W. Nutt
ITHACA — Researchers from Cornell Law School’s Avon Global Center for Women and Justice, the Cornell International Human Rights Clinic, and Women and Law in Southern Africa-Zambia have released a report detailing the frequent sexual violence and harassment suffered by adolescent schoolgirls in Zambia.
A total of 105 girls at seven schools in Lusaka Province, Zambia were interviewed for the report, as well as teachers, school administrators, magistrates and others. Half of the girls said that they had experienced sexual violence or harassment by a teacher, student or man they encountered on the way to school. The report also stated that 84 percent of girls had experienced or knew of classmates who had experienced such abuse.
“Children in Zambia and throughout the world deserve a chance to grow up and pursue an education free from the threat of sexual violence,” said Elizabeth Brundige, executive director of Cornell’s Avon Global Center, in a statement. “Sexual violence against girls in schools is a devastating human rights problem globally, as recent debates over sexual abuse in U.S. schools make clear.”
Culled from the Ithacajournal