JAN is 40 years old in 2016 and I have written this editorial to reflect and look forward: 40 year on (listen as podcast).
And we have a special cover:
‘The day I got here it was evening, but the second day he showed me around his house, where everything was, the kitchen, and bathroom. The first thing he said to me you don't need to worry about me, you don't need to know my whereabouts, when I come and when I go. I only got married because of my parents - so you can just look after them. I use to enjoy wearing nail polish and he said to me, my parents don’t like it so take it off.' (Fatima (a fictitious name), research participant, South Asian Women's experience of domestic abuse, Minhas et al. 2002)
‘We may imagine that the rape of elderly women is a rare, horrible and peculiarly unnatural crime, but it is not. Looking at newspaper cuttings covering the past two or three years, it becomes clear that the rape of older women is not only commonplace but that the number of reported incidents are increasing.’She listed a number of sexual assaults; it makes a harrowing read. But these are the assaults that have been reported. Other reasons why older women may not report a sexual assault include shame and trauma, particularly if the attacker is a family member, and being unsure whether or not an assault has taken place – after all, older women of today have lived through a time when rape within marriage was not considered a crime.
I think a good thing would be to add, like for an hour in high school, stuff like this to the curriculum,… if you did this with the whole year about healthy relationships, then the punishments for domestic violence and stuff, at least like an hour a week or even in assemblies and… maybe people who hadn't heard it was wrong would know it was wrong, and girls would be able to recognize it. (Lily, 15, UK, Hellevik et al. 2015)