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Shama launches videos to help ethnic communities talk about sexual violence

July 24, 2020 at 1:55 PM

From the NZFVC

Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre has launched a series of videos featuring people from diverse ethnic communities talking about sexual violence in different languages, called Let's Talk.

Let’s Talk is a multi-language, multi-media community project with a vision to increase how often people talk with each other about sexual violence, and to make sure people are able to access help.

The brief videos focus on six messages about preventing and responding to sexual violence experienced by ethnic communities. The messages were developed by ethnic practitioners working in sexual violence treatment and prevention. They include referral information, legal information and examples developed from practice and knowledge of sexual violence in culturally specific situations.

The first 13 videos are available in several different first languages including Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Malay, Spanish and Tagalog. Shama plans to develop more videos in more than 20 different languages.

The first series of videos answer questions on sexual violence such as:

  •  What is sexual harm?
  • How to help if someone has been hurt sexually
  • Preventing someone from causing harm
  • What is child sexual abuse?
  • What happens if a child tells you about abuse?

The Let's Talk project was developed in response to a need identified at the 2019 Connections! Hui. At the hui participants talked about the need for the right words and knowledge about what to say when talking about sexual violence.

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