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The situation for female survivors of non-partner sexual violence: A focused enquiry of Somali young women's views, knowledge and opinions
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1713-6014
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2018 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 16, p. 39-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective

The aim of the study is to elucidate young women’s perceptions of the situation for female survivors of non-partner sexual violence in Somaliland.

Methods

Young Somali women with diverse backgrounds (n = 25) shared views, knowledge and opinions about non partner sexual violence in focus group discussions held in urban settings. Data was analysed using content analysis.

Results

A main category “Bound by culture and community perceptions” with four subcategories comprises the informants’ perceptions of non-partner sexual violence among young women in Somaliland. Illuminated is the importance of protecting oneself and the family dignity, a fear of being rejected and mistrusted, how the juridical system exists in the shadow of tradition and potential keys to healthcare support.

Conclusion

The study raises awareness of the dilemmas which may be faced by young women subjected to non-partner sexual violence and healthcare providers in the intersection between state and traditional norms. Education is a key when it comes to a young woman considering the use of the services available in a society where traditional problem-solving is relied on parallel to state-based support. State-based functions, communities and families need to work together to provide comprehensive support to young female survivors of non-partner sexual violence in Somaliland.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 16, p. 39-44
Keywords [en]
Content analysis; Healthcare; Non-partner sexual violence; Perceptions; Somalia; Somaliland; Young women
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Health Sciences
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Health and Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-27313DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2018.01.006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041821320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-27313DiVA, id: diva2:1185734
Available from: 2018-02-26 Created: 2018-02-26 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved

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