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Violence in Gender and Sexuality

Why are the statistics for sexual assault so high? What does women's inequality mean for global peace? Can men be victims of sexual violence as well?

This chapter features experts discussing violence based on gender or sexuality. You will learn what types of gender based violence exist around the world before examining a specific type of gendered violence that impacts both women and men, rape as a weapon of war. Another form of global gendered violence is female feticide, leading to catastrophic sex ratio imbalances in countries like India and China. Moving closer to the family, you will read about intimate partner violence affecting both men and women in any type of intimate relationship, as well as crimes against individuals who exhibit gender non-conformity. Finally, you will learn about the new form of gender based violence, online stalking and harassment, and how it impacts women's emotional and financial health.

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Cyberbullying: bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. StopBullying.gov 

Ethnic Cleansing: the expulsion of an "undesirable" population from a given territory due to religious or ethnic discrimination, political, strategic or ideological considerations, or a combination of these. Foreign Affairs

Genocide: any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. United Nations

Intimate Partner Violence: a pattern of assaultive or coercive behavior that may include physical injury, psychological abuse, sexual assault, progressive isolation, stalking, deprivation, intimidation, and reproductive coercion. ACOG

Rape: unwanted sexual contact including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration. CDC NISVS Report

Transgender: a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate. GLAAD

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