Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

August 2, 2011

ART: Primary Mental Health Care for Survivors of Collective Sexual Violence in Rwanda

Authors: Maggie Zraly, Julia Rubin-Smith, and Theresa Betancourt
Title: Primary Mental Health Care for Survivors of Collective Sexual Violence in Rwanda
Subtitle: -
Journal: Global Public Health
Volume: 6
Issue: 3
Year: 2011
Pages: 257-270
ISSN: 1744-1692
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Abstract: This paper draws attention to the obligation and opportunity to respond to the mental health impacts of collective sexual violence (CSV) among genocide-rape survivors in post-genocide Rwanda. Qualitative data gathered from CSV survivors who were members of Rwandan women's genocide survivor associations are presented to illustrate how they strive to overcome adversity while seeking access to quality mental health care and using informal community mental health services. The results reveal that a system of high quality, holistic health and mental health care is yet needed to meet Rwandan CSV survivors' complex and serious health and mental health needs. Given that a rural health system, modelled on community-based, comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment, is currently being implemented in Rwanda, we recommend enhancements to this model that would contribute to meeting the mental health care needs of CSV survivors while benefiting the health and mental health system as a whole within Rwanda.« [Source: Global Public Health.]