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Research Centre tackles child sexual exploitation in Jamaica as part of gender-based violence prevention

0 | 2019-01-31 17:01:00

Around 15 million adolescent girls aged 15-19 have experienced forced sex in their lifetime. Although adolescent boys are also at risk, global estimates are unavailable. Global statistics also show that one in three women and girls will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The idea behind the None In Three Research Centre is that the only acceptable statistic is ‘none in three’.
The None In Three Research Centre was established for the development, application, research and evaluation of prosocial games for the prevention of gender-based violence. It is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, trans-continental research centre with headquarters in the UK, at the University of Huddersfield. Partner research centres were also established in Jamaica, India and Uganda.
Each country focuses on a different aspect of gender-based violence. Jamaica – child sexual exploitation; Uganda – child marriage; India – gender bias in education and the workplace, and the UK intimate partner violence among young people. The None in Three Research Centre, Jamaica is located at the University of Technology, Jamaica’s main campus in Papine.
The centre’s focus is in keeping with the thrust by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange who expressed the government’s commitment to tackling gender-based violence. This was marked by a 10—year Action Plan to eliminate Gender-Based Violence, launched in December 2017.
Recruitment is underway for male and female volunteers to participate in either one to one in-depth interviews or focus groups discussing various issues related to being victims of child sexual exploitation. Persons are offered a confidential and safe space to talk about such issues related to sexual initiation during childhood. In addition, the centre is also conducting one of the largest island wide psychosocial surveys in primary and high schools among children ages 10-18 years. The sample size expected is 10, 000.
There is a growing body of evidence which shows that appropriately designed video-games can enhance awareness, moral reasoning and foster empathy in ways that the mere presentation of facts through other media cannot accomplish. Computer video games use narrative and audio-visual content to regulate players’ behaviour through objectives, rules and rewards.
As such, findings from all studies will feed into the development of a prosocial computer video game, which will help increase awareness of child sexual exploitation useful coping strategies, as well as appropriate places to seek help. This will be culturally relevant to our Jamaican setting and will be played by school age children.
Among the stakeholders that have endorsed the None in Three Research Centre are: Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation, Children First, National Parenting Support Commission and the YWCA. For more information please visit:
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