Sex Without Consent: Young People in Developing Countries

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The study of coercive sexual acts has generally been overlooked by both researchers and funded programmes. Available evidence has been scattered and often given the impression that non-consensual sex among young people is a rare occurrence. This important volume dispels any such misconception. It presents a disturbing picture of non-consensual sex among girls as well as boys, and among married as well as unmarried young women in a variety of settings. It documents the expanse of non-consensual experiences that young people face - from unwanted touch to forced penetrative sex and gang rape. Although the focus is on young females, the volume also sheds light on the experience of young males as both victims and perpetrators. Sex Without Consent also documents the unsupportive -and sometimes abusive - roles of families, teachers, health care providers and law enforcement agents.

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'This book breaks the silence about sexual abuse of adolescents happening beneath the surface of stable communities. It alerts us to the individual and public health impacts of involuntary sexual involvements that adolescents lack the social, psychological, and economic means to resist. Leading authorities illuminate the subtle pressures that manipulate adolescents into exploitative sexual behaviours in societies that condemn sexual abuse in principle, but condone it in practice. The focus is on developing countries, but its findings are invaluable to understanding adolescent sexual vulnerability worldwide.' Rebecca J. Cook, University of Toronto, Canada 'This timely book does not only raise awareness about a problem that has not received adequate attention and study. It presents the evidence needed for action, based on a rich research experience of some of the best qualified researchers in the field. It provides a lot to learn from comparative findings in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It draws lessons for legal, educational, policy and health system responses. It outlines approaches for further research and for moving forward. The book is a must read for all those who want to learn more and to do more about the problem of sex without consent among people in developing countries.' Mahmoud F. Fathalla, Assiut University, Egypt

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Shireen J. Jejeebhoy is a demographer at the Population Council in New Delhi. Iqbal Shah works on abortion issues at the WHO in Geneva. Shyam Thapa manages the YouthNet programme at Family Health International (FHI).

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