VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
After group therapy, sexual violence survivors "able to turn their lives around"
June 5, 2013 by The IRC
|Sexual violence against women and girls is a significant problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Courtesy of Kevin Sites|
“Women who were too afraid to work or were overcome by feelings of shame told us that after the group therapy, they have been able to turn their lives around and once again be part of the community. This is critical, because if women feel marginalized and stigmatized because of the devastating impact of sexual violence, they are unable to help their families or communities recover from conflict.”
- Catherine Poulton, International Rescue Committee adviser for women’s protection and empowerment programs, quoted in a press release published today on the IRC website. The release spotlights a study carried out by the IRC, John Hopkins University and the University of Washington that indicates that group therapy has dramatically reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
IRC press release (June 5, 2013):
In the New York Times (June 5, 2013):
In the New England Journal of Medicine (June 6, 2013):
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