Positive Youth Development Approaches to Mitigate Sexual Violence and Coercion Among Adolescents: Building Choice, Voice, and Agency for Prevention and Response

Chelsea L. Ricker

Nearly one in three adolescent girls, globally, report that their first sexual experience occurred under some form of coercion or force.44 Although little data are available on adolescent boys’ experience of sexual coercion or force, evidence in some countries suggests that as many as one in five adolescent boys also experience sexual violence before the age of 18.13,37 Early childhood or adolescent experiences of sexual coercion can negatively impact individuals’ physical, psychological, and social development throughout their lifetimes.38 This technical brief aims to inform researchers and program implementers working with youth in developing countries, who likely interact with youth who have experienced sexual coercion, by highlighting examples of successful programs for reducing the occurrence of sexual coercion and force and by describing strategies for responding to them. The brief discusses how the frequency and negative effects of sexual coercion experienced by boys and girls could be reduced by building assets, especially social skills, agency, and youth empowerment, as a part of positive youth development (PYD) programs.

March 19, 2019
Year of publication
2017
Resource types
Reports and Fact sheets
Countries
Tags
Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH), sexual coercion and abuse

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