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There is evidence to suggest that some individuals who hurt animals likewise act violently toward women and girls. (Shutterstock)

Studying violence toward women and animals can help us develop strategies to prevent both

Evidence suggests that some individuals who hurt animals likewise act violently toward women and girls. Exploring that overlap can help prevent gender-based violence and animal abuse.
According to figures from the Virage survey (2015), in the course of their lives, 3.9% of the men surveyed had experienced sexual violence, compared with 14.5% of women. Pexels

#MeTooGarçons: ‘In France, 80% of violent acts against men affect those under 18’

As #Metoo continues to unfurl in France, men are now also speaking up against abuse they experienced. The Conversation sat down with the country’s first sociologist researching this phenomenon.
Rape victim ‘Lucía’ saw women all over Spain take to the streets in fury at the treatment she had received (posed by model). Alto / Alamay

You Are Not Alone: powerful new film documents how women’s protest against misogyny helped change Spain’s rape laws

Documenting Spain’s #metoo moment, the film articulates women’s fury at the deeply entrenched sexism and misogyny that permeates Spanish society and culture.
Women have more positive experiences seeking justice when they experienced support, agency and validation. (Shutterstock)

The legal system must show more compassion to survivors of sexual abuse

Survivors of gender-based abuse can often feel retraumatized by the justice system. But simple acts of validation and support can make a meaningful difference and restore a sense of agency.
Technology-facilitated sexual violence can have significant consequences on a person’s health and well-being. (Shutterstock)

Canadian schools need to address digital sexual violence in their curricula and policies

It’s time we stop treating young people’s experiences in digital and physical spaces as distinct and mutually exclusive.
A memorial is left inside a bomb shelter near the Supernova music festival, where eyewitnesses reported Hamas members gang-raping and killing women. Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Hamas’ use of sexual violence is an all-too-common part of modern war − but not in all conflicts

Sexual violence can be used as a weapon of war. Hamas’ use of sexual violence was likely meant to show its power over Israeli women and girls and to humiliate Israeli men and Israel’s military.

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