On the day of 7th of October 2014 „Medica“ Zenica and medica modniale organized presentation of the research „We are still alive! “ „We have been harmed, but we are brave and strong“– Research on the long-term consequences of war rape and coping strategies of survivors in Bosnia and Herzegovina in White Hall of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The presentation was organized with the support by the Committee on Gender Equality of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The research was conducted by „Medica“ Zenica in cooperation with medica mondiale in the period 2013 and 2014, and we tried to answer the main four research questions focusing on:
1) the consequences of war rape and sexual violence on survivors’ lives, health and
2) the social acknowledgement of survivors of war rape;
3) the coping strategies and sources of resilience in the past 20 years, and
4) the impact of Medica Zenica’s support on the survivors’ lives.
Having in mind that the researches of this kind are rare in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this is an opportunity to share the results of this study with like-minded people. With researchers to recognize and fill the gaps in our existing knowledge. With politicians to make them better able to understand their responsibility to act. With donors to continue with their crucial support. With young people to prevent violence.