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Sexual Violence in Kazakhstan: Policy and Social Support of Female Victims

Student: Aizada Arystanbek

Supervisor: Victor Attila Albert

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Political Analysis and Public Policy (Master)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2018

This research focuses on the effects of rape on the lives of female survivors in Kazakhstan after the trauma. The goal of the research is to bring forth existing tensions in the country when it comes to dealing with questions of sexual violence, rape in particular, and supporting women who had experienced it. We conduct an empirical analysis of fifteen in-depth interviews with both survivors and experts and describe an insider perspective of the current status quo of female survivors of rape in the country highlighting the most disturbing trends. Other methods are used including observations and use of secondary data. Due to the lack of respondents among the survivors, this study uses perspective of young women of middle and upper-middle class background with higher education to promote awareness about the alarmingly low levels of support female survivors of rape receive, even considering their relatively well- off position in the Kazakhstani society. Findings include considerable tensions between the women who have survived rape and the government and existing socio-cultural norms. Recommendations for negotiating and eliminating these tensions are also included.

Full text (added May 15, 2018)

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