High Rate of Sexual Abuse Among Dutch Honor Violence Victims

October 11 2010

A book published this week by Dutch social services organization Fier Fryslan, entitled Zahir, reveals that honor related crime victims are sexually abused more frequently than previously thought. The organization reports that of the 89 women engaging their services between January 2008 and March 2010, 45 were sexually abused by family members. Social workers are surprised at the frequency of abuse, and call for the establishment of more shelters catering to the special situation of these girls- currently Fier Fryslan has to turn away one third of the girls who come to the shelter.