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06 June 2013

Group therapy helps rape victims in poor countries

Group therapy works better than individual support for women in low-income countries who have been victims of sexual violence.

Group therapy works better than individual support for women in low-income countries who have been victims of sexual violence, according to the results of a new study done in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The study "offers promising evidence" that a form of group therapy can help women who have been exposed to sexual violence, Charlotte Watts and her colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine wrote in a linked editorial.

"We want to improve people's health. But when you have such high rates of rape and violence, and such a high rate of mental health problems, it's an often-neglected piece in the bigger development picture."

 
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