About the Session:
This poster presents findings from the Eskasoni site of the Networks for Change and Wellbeing – Addressing sexual violence study; a Canadian-South African partnership exploring ways for Indigenous girls to influence policy and social change in the context of sexual violence. One of the core findings emerging from this work so far is the complex web of factors within which girls and women decide to respond or not to respond to acts of sexual violence.
Jenny Reich is a research assistant on the ACCESS Open Minds national research project working with Eskasoni Mental Health Services in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia. She is currently working on an MA in Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University with a focus on critical health studies. She was the project manager on the Spaces & Places Eskasoni study.
Linda Liebenberg, PhD., is a researcher focused on youth with complex needs. Her work explores the promotion of positive youth development and mental health as well as how best to conduct research with children and their communities, including participatory image-based methods; longitudinal quantitative designs; and the design of measurement instruments.Participants of the Networks for Change, Eskasoni study are nine young women from Eskasoni (aged 18-23) who have worked with staff at Eskasoni Mental Health Services and an academic researcher to better understand how sexual violence is experienced by young women in Eskasoni and what can be done about it.