The companion PotoFi research survey of over 2000 pregnant teenagers reveals that a generation of Haitian girls have become pregnant from rapes and from trading sex to survive -- specific gender aftershocks of the earthquake that call for urgent attention from stakeholders.
BEYOND SHOCK GBV PROGRESS REPORT 2010-2012 (Abridged Version)
'Beyond Shock: Charting the Landscape of Sexual Violence in Post-Quake Haiti - Progress, Challenges and Emerging Trends' 2010-2012. The report was reported by Haitian and US members of the PotoFanm+Fi team and written by author and journalist Anne-christine d'Adesky. Haitian author Edwidge Danticat wrote a foreword for the report. Nadia Todres contributed a special photo essay on Girls in Haiti's Camps.
An abridged version of the report (150 pps) in English can be viewed and downloaded in PDF format here.http://potofi.org/2012/12/01/
The full report will be published as a book in early 2013 and offers a more comprehensive picture of progress across various key sectors of Haiti's recovery since the earthquake of 2010 as this relates to sexual violence as well as profiles of key leaders in this growing grassroots movement.
The report will be available in French soon and posted on this website.
THE POTO FI FIELD SURVEY OF GBV, TEENS AND EARLY PREGANCY - FINAL RESULTS
The second document is a Summary Report of the final results of the PotoFi Field Study of GBV, Early Pregnancy, and Adolescents -- a participatory research survey of over 2000 adolescent
girls conducted with seven partner grassroots organizations. The final results confirm preliminary findings released in December 2011, showing a very high percentage of pregnant teenage girls stated that rape was the source of their unwanted pregnancies, while other girls had begun trading sex for shelter and food after the earthquake. The majority of these girls have had limited access to post-rape health services, apart from some counseling, often from lay counselors. They are suffering from acute food insecurity and remain vulnerable to sexual violence linked to homelessness and the current economic picture nearly three years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
The survey can be downloaded at: http://potofi.org/2012/12/14/potofi-gbv-field-survey-summary-report/
Both documents are also posted on our sister PotoFi Haiti Girls Initiative website at:
We greatly appreciate your sharing this information and the links to our reports with colleagues in the field and the Haitian press.
- Anne-christine d'Adesky
Project Coordinator, PotoFanm+Fi