‘Exploring the limit: How far is too far?’: Raising awareness of sexual violence among South Asian immigrants in the United States

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
S. Sudha, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Kiran Inc, a non-profit in North Carolina providing crisis services to South Asian immigrants, conducted an event in 2014 to raise sexual violence awareness. Volunteers wrote and acted five short plays; a panel of experts facilitated discussion. The discussion highlighted ambiguity about when common interactions crossed into violence. Panelists suggested imbalance in power and control in crossing the line. Attendees completed an evaluation including the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance scale customized for South Asian contexts. Most did not accept prevalent rape myths, but need more awareness on alcohol-related and same-sex violence. Strategies for primary prevention and additional awareness-raising were discussed.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
South Asian immigrants, theater technique, South Asian women’s organizations, culturally customized rape myth acceptance measure, Indian immigrants, sexual violence attitudes, community awareness

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