Dear Colleagues,


We are pleased to announce  the IV International Conference on Survivals of Rape – IV ICSoR-  Rape, Survivors, Policies and Support Systems a European Challenge, which will be take place in November 20th- 22nd 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. The IV ICSoR will be hosted by the Association of Women against Violence (AMCV – Associação de Mulheres contra a Violência) in collaboration with Rape Crises Network Ireland (RCNI) .


Sexual Violence and specifically Rape is one of the most devastating forms of Human Rights Violation perpetrate, mostly against women, but also against children and young people. Rape is still used as a war weapon around the world, and yet, remains a taboo subject and its victims are silenced and invisible.

The IV ICSoR will contribute to the continuing improvement of the knowledge of the impact of Rape on Survivals and the work of the experts, researches and support systems, following the outcomes of the previous ICSoR conferences.


Moreover the 2014 Conference will introduce the issue related with the fulfilment of the State’s due diligence obligations to prevent Human Rights violations, specifically rape; to investigate all crimes of rape and punish the offenders; to protect and to provide remedy and reparation to all victims/survivors.


The objective is to challenge the EU institutions and European policy makers to be engaged in a common European approach, to provide comparable data collection on rape and to implement, effectively, policies measures that really prevent and combat sexual violence and rape. This conference intends to contribute for the change of the actual situation, from an almost invisibility and impunity of rape cases to an informed, empowered and active citizenship through a Human Rights advocacy approach.


 This conference will also provide the opportunity to share the expertise of the most prestigious academics, professionals and policymakers and to contribute to a future European common approach on prevention and combat against rape.



The IV ICSoR will be open to all stakeholders and professionals that want to make the difference on this field – researchers, policymakers, legal system professionals (forensics, lawyers, judges, law enforcement officers),  professions and voluntaries working in NGO, physicians, psychologists, social workers, educators, and others.


Abstracts are welcoming covering the following issues: Human Rights, data collection, medical, mental health, social, legal, and intervention and support models related with rape.

We are particularly interested in deepening the following issues/main themes:


·         Prevention and Combat against Rape at European Level – monitoring the States commitments and fulfilment of their obligations regarding the protection of Human Rights. How can Europe build a common approach on this issues?   How can we all act against rape?

·         European data collection on Sexual violence and Rape and the need for comparable Indicators. How to harmonise data and indicators at a European level? How to gatherevidence on the costs of sexual violence and rape?

·         The impact of Sexual Violence and Rape on their victims: What survivors tell us?

·         Multidisciplinary-agency cooperation: effectiveness of current models of intervention and treatment for the survivor’s recovery process. Do we need more specialized resources and professional training? How does it meet the survivals needs? Is it survivals centered?

·         The Intervention programs with sexual offenders. Are they effective for the prevention of further offences? How do they guarantee the victims/survivals safety?

·         Legal issues on Rape. How can the Justice system be more effective in investigating the crimes of rape, punishing the offenders and providing reparation to the victims? How can the Justice system cooperate with the victims/survivals support systems?   

·         Primary Prevention. The role of the educational system and others sectors in the prevention of sexual violence and rape.  How can we educate children and young people to be zero-tolerant throughout violence? How can we protect children and young people from being victims of sexual violence and rape?

·         Survivors Voice and Empowerment. How to promote and support the participation of survivals in self-help, self-representation and self-advocate groups.


Authors are invited to submit proposals for oral and poster presentations