Although sexual violence occurs on a vast scale, this is a subject that is still not talked about, and for many years little has changed with respect to defending and providing support for persons who have experienced rape. More than 30% of police officers and 20% of public prosecutors do not consider sexual intercourse that occurs through violence to be rape. People in the justice system, police, and medical services know little about the typical behaviour of people who experienced rape. They promulgate harmful stereotypes, causing double victimisation.
The project aims to combat sexual violence against women and girls by developing a Network for prevention of violence against women (ASK). It will be developed by obtaining new members of the Network, raising their level of knowledge, developing training skills, integrating organisations and informal groups within the Network. The project also involves awareness-raising measures aimed at institutions and services: 8 training sessions on the subject of harmful myths and stereotypes about sexual violence, 8 WenDo workshops for girls and women. There also will be awareness-raising measures accompanying the public campaigns One Bilion Rising, and Pol’and’Rock Festival. A handbook to be used in workshops in schools and with adults on the subject of consent to intimate contact, and a mobile exhibition on the same subject, which will visit at least 8 towns. 1 000 aid institution internet sites will be monitored to assess whether the posted information on violence towards women, especially sexual violence, is intelligible and accessible. Based on that, recommendations will be made to the institutions.
The project will bring about development and strengthen ASK network, increase knowledge and skills of persons working in the justice system, services, and support institutions providing support for women who experienced rape, and draw public attention to the issue.