Study of Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools

The Avon Global Center and the International Human Rights Clinic has undertaken a study of sexual violence against girls in South African schools in partnership with the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of Witswatersrand, South Africa.  Based on desk and field research, the study will consider the nature and scope of the problem and examine the responses of relevant institutions and mechanisms, including the criminal justice system and disciplinary procedures.  In August 2013, following several months of desk research, a Center team travelled to South Africa to work with their partners in conducting interviews with multiple stakeholders including magistrates, police officers, government and school officials, and people met in everyday interactions. The Center and its partners are now preparing a report based on their findings, which will be launched in the spring of 2014. The report may include a comparison between the Zambian and South African contexts, drawing on the findings in the Center's earlier report on sexual violence against Zambian schoolgirls.

On October 28, 2013 the Cornell Law students working on this project gave a presentation on their research and findings. See more about the event here.

            Cornell Law students discus South African report

Cornell Law students Diane Furstenau, Claire Holton-Basaldua, and Malissa Osei speak about their field research, conducted with Center Executive Director Liz Brundige, on sexual violence in South African schools.