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Alumnae's study indicates higher incidence of sexual violence in Congo than previously thought

May 15, 2011

A new study significantly raises the rape and sexual violence estimates in the Congo based on research conducted by three UNC Department of Public Policy PhD alumnae; Amber Peterman (2009), of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Tia Palermo (2009) of Stony Brook University and Caryn Bredenkamp (2006) of the World Bank. They produced new evidence demonstrating that the extent of rape and sexual violence in the Congo is much higher than previously estimated by the United Nations. Their study, appearing in the American Journal of Public Health online (May 11, 2011) and receiving widespread news coverage, reports that over 1.8 million women in Congo are raped, and that women are victimized at a rate of almost one per minute.