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Findings from the Sexual Violence in Schools in South Africa (SeViSSA) baseline study

The SeViSSA initiative aims to create safe school environments by dealing with violence against girls. It is being implemented by Grassroot Soccer and Soul City Institute who use peer educators to deliver the programme in schools in Khayelitsha, township, Capetown. The SeViSSA baseline study gives a picture of the situation prior to the project starting and will help monitor its progress.

Each of the two briefs has a distinct focus and will be used to communicate key findings to research participants, stakeholders, funders and policy-makers as well as to disseminate useful knowledge regarding sexual violence for intervention purposes.

Research brief 1: Very high rates of sexual violence with younger learners most vulnerable

The SeViSSA Kwanele* baseline study found that learners at Khayelitsha schools experience high levels of sexual violence, including intimate partner violence in heterosexual dating relationships. This research brief discusses this widespread violence, to which younger learners are particularly susceptible, and makes recommendations for school-based interventions that address intimate partner violence.

SeViSSA: Very high rates of sexual violence with younger learners most vulnerable (1,763 KB)

Research brief 2: A culture of silence that normalises widespread violence

The SeViSSA Kwanele baseline study found that learners at Khayelitsha schools experience high levels of sexual violence, including intimate partner violence in heterosexual sexual and dating relationships. This research brief discusses the culture of silence accompanying these forms of violence and the tendency for young people to normalise and justify such violence.

SeViSSA: A culture of silence that normalises widespread violence (888 KB)

‘Dating rules’ and intimate partner violence in township schools

Findings from the SeViSSA Baseline Study
View the full report here.  Findings from the SeViSSA Baseline Study (4,374 KB)

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