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Social reactions to rape: experiences and perceptions of women rape survivors and their potential support providers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences.
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2009 (English)In: Violence and Victims, ISSN 0886-6708, Vol. 24, no 5, 607-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Social reactions to rape are socioculturally determined and have a strong influence on the coping and recovery of the survivor. The existing knowledge on social reactions emanates from Western countries with limited research attention on non-Western populations, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. We aimed to establish the types and perceptions of social reactions that are expressed to rape survivors and people's intentions to express them to survivors of varied social backgrounds in Tanzania. Using triangulation of research methods, experiences of social reactions among rape survivors (n = 50) and nurses (n = 44) from a community in Tanzania were explored, and the intentions to express typical social reactions to rape survivors of different social backgrounds were established from a representative community sample (n = 1,505). Twelve typical social reactions were identified with the positive reactions more commonly mentioned than the negative reactions. Nondisclosure of rape events and distracting the survivor from the event were perceived as both positive and negative. A commercial sex worker was most vulnerable to negative reactions. The cultural influences of social reactions and implications for practical applicability of the results are discussed.

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Springer Publishing Company, 2009. Vol. 24, no 5, 607-26 p.
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Child mortality, indoor air pollution
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30562DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.24.5.607PubMedID: 19852402OAI: diva2:284709
Available from: 2010-01-08 Created: 2010-01-08 Last updated: 2015-04-29Bibliographically approved

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