The number and voices of groups like One in Four and Men Can Stop Rape are growing and reaching new audiences with their message of stopping rape, but they are drawing criticism from traditional anti-rape efforts because their messages are focused on men-only groups. One in Four, named for the University of Arizona research statistic that one in four women have been sexually assaulted, is a campus organization with chapters at several universities across the country. The group makes presentations to freshman males about communicating with women in sexual situations and how to talk to a woman if she comes to them for help or support. Men Can Stop Rape, a D.C. organization makes presentations nationwide to male only audiences about sexual restraint and respect for women.
Critics of these groups oppose the male-only policy for the presentations and any message that emphasizes men as rescuers of women. Supporters of the male-only stop rape programs believe giving men a male-only forum to discuss rape will open lines of communication and make the message of sexual assault education clearer and more effective. Mary P. Koss, the University of Arizona professor who first established the one in four statistic notes that while men may be more comfortable in an all-male setting, there is no conclusive proof that these programs actually reduce the number of rapes.
Media Resources: Washington Post – April 16, 2001; University of Virginia
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .