How shelters can prevent sexual violence in the wake of natural disasters

How shelters can prevent sexual violence in the wake of natural disasters

Date: 
September 14, 2017

Legal Momentum's Staff Attorney Caitlin McCartney-Gerber appeared on CTV's Your Morning show on Thursday, September 14, 2017, to talk about how shelters can prevent sexual violence in the wake of natural disasters.

"After a natural disaster, an evacuation centre can mean women and children are exposed to another danger: sexual violence

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, dozens of women, and several men, reported sexual assaults at crowded evacuation sites and shelters. But at least one legal expert says much that can be done to prevent these attacks.

Caitin McCartney-Gerber is a staff attorney at Legal Momentum, a U.S.-based non-profit legal group that works to protect the rights of women and girls. She says her group has done extensive research on this topic and has found there are three major risk factors that allow sexual assaults to occur after natural disasters."

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