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Panel on Sexual Violence 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 our partners in conducting interviews with multiple stakeholders including magistrates, police officers, government and school officials, and people met in everyday interactions. The panel discussed the team's findings and gave a preview of what will be included in the report that the Center and its partners are now preparing, which will be launched in the spring of 2014.

                  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