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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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Our Bodies Are Shaking Now

Our Bodies Are Shaking Now

Violence against Girls and Women

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(p.93) 11 Our Bodies Are Shaking Now
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Fault Lines
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Beverly Bell

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.003.0012

This chapter examines how social movements have addressed the increase in rape and other forms of violence against girls and women in Haiti after the earthquake. It first considers the work of the Commission of Women Victim to Victim, a group of rape survivors and former child slaves promoting women's and children's rights. It then recounts the story of a four-year-old rape victim, before discussing how women's advocacy has come with a price, or rather many prices, including attacks by perpetrators. It also explores the elusiveness of post-rape health care in Haiti and the factors that account for the decline in the security of girls and women in the country.

Keywords:   social movements, rape, violence against girls, violence against women, Haiti, earthquake, Commission of Women Victim to Victim, women's rights, children's rights, health care

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