If  someone comes forward  with allegations of gender-based violence (GBV), one of the first  debates  that  erupts is whether  or not the survivor is lying.  However, we know that research indicates that the likelihood of allegations being false is very slim. The risks of  coming forward far outweigh any “benefits” they may get.

Victims/survivors* are often risking their  families, their livelihood, their credibility, and their personhood in order to bring forth these allegations, seek safety, and restart their lives. As such, many still struggle to show their support for victims/survivors because of their discomfort for what it means for the accused: that they are automatically declared guilty, and will not get a fair accountability process.

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Believing Survivors: Embodying A Victim-Centered Approach
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