Nechutheque

cyber sexual and gender-based violence in intimate partner relationships OF YOUTH

We asked young people from four countries to answer some very important questions about very important matters. This is what we found out!

1.

Experiences OF digital VIOLENCE: What are YOUNG WOMEN and what are YOUNG MEN exposed to?

In all countries, YOUNG WOMEN were exposed to a greater extent to:

Sexualized comments online: HU 64%, ES 63%, SR 57%, CRO 72%

Blackmail that their private information/photos/video will be published if they do not do something sexual in return: HU 14%, ES 8%, SR 8%, CRO 9%

Non-consensual publishing of photos/videos they sent privately to someone (except in Croatia where boys were more exposed to it than girls): HU 18%, ES 13%, SR 9%, CRO 7%

IN ALL COUNTRIES, YOUNG MEN WERE EXPOSED TO A GREATER EXTENT TO:

Online threats via chat/e-mail/comments related to their physical safety:
HU 38%, ES 33%, SR 55%, CRO 44%

Pressure to watch online porn or participate in acts inspired by online porn (except in Spain, where girls and boys were exposed to it equally): HU 18%, ES 18%, SR 15%, CRO 20%

Experience of sexual harassment in the form of receiving unsolicited
photos of someone’s intimate body parts – nudes.
THIS HAS HAPPENED THE MOST TO YOUTH IN CROATIA AND THE
LEAST TO YOUTH IN SPAIN.

HU

ES

SER

CRO

Experience of sending nudes to their partners.
FROM 1 IN 8 YOUNG PEOPLE IN SPAIN TO 1 IN 5 YOUNG PEOPLE IN HUNGARY AND SERBIA HAVE DONE IT!

HU

ES

SER

CRO

2.

the demand for constant messaging

Do you think that the demand for constant messaging from a partner is a form of violent behavior?
APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRD OF YOUTH IN ALL COUNTRIES ARE NOT SURE.

YES

I DON’T KNOW

NO

Youth who, in a situation of demand for constant messaging, would respond to the partner immediately and apologize.
FROM 6% OF YOUNG WOMEN IN SPAIN TO 36% OF YOUNG MEN IN CROATIA WOULD DO THAT.

HU

ES

SER

CRO

3.

DIGITAL VIOLENCE: how would youth respond to “revenge” pornography?

We asked youth to imagine participating in a group chat of friends where someone shares naked photos of a female friend that her boyfriend had sent to his crew.

What would you do in the position of a young woman
whose photos are in a chat group?

MOST OF THE YOUTH WOULD BREAK UP THE VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP.
1 IN 5 WOULD THINK THERE’S NOTHING THEY CAN DO.

There is nothing I could do… Just let it go and hope it fades out soon, I would be so ashamed…
I would be super mad at my boyfriend and I would break up with him
I would want revenge, so I would find some way to shame him as much as he ashamed me
I would talk to my friends and ask them for advice
I would tell my parents
I would report it to the police
I would talk with a teacher I trust

What would you do as a member of the group?
MOST OF THE YOUTH HAVE A CONCERN FOR FOR THE VICTIM.
YOUNG WOMEN HAVE HIGHER LEVEL OF AWARENESS THAN YOUNG MEN.

No awareness – laughing, making jokes
Victim blaming attitude
Bystander attitude – knowing it’s bad but not reacting
High level of awareness – standing up against the problem and proposing solutions
Concern for the female victim

The Joint Report “Awareness and attitudes of secondary school students towards youth intimate partner violence” was prepared based on national research from four countries, conducted by the following organizations: Nők a Nőkért Együtt az Erőszak Ellen (Hungary), Fundacion Privada Indera (Catalonia, Spain), the Autonomous Women’s Centre (Serbia) and CESI-Center for Education, Counselling and Research (Croatia). This activity is part of the joint project “I can choose to say no. Empowering youth, especially girls, to stand up against cyber sexual and gender-based violence in intimate partner relationships”.