On March 8, the International Women's Day, the Chair, along with authors from Belgium, published a commentary in the internationally renowned scientific journal The Lancet - Global Health. The text begins by noting the invisibility of older women in recent waves of whistle-blowing and awareness-raising about sexual violence against women.

Written by Anne Nobels1, Christophe Vandeviver2,3, Marie Beaulieu4, Gilbert MD Lemmens5 and Ines Keygnaert1, this commentary sent to the publisher of The Lancet aims to sensitize the scientific community to the problem of sexual violence against older women. The authors denounce, in particular, the lack of research in this regard, but also the many prejudices that persist about the sexuality of older adults in the various social spheres, such as among intervention workers and in public policy.

Women face many challenges as they age, such as physical or cognitive loss, denial of sexuality, and so on. Nevertheless, older women are no less safe than other women from experiencing sexual violence. The authors conclude that greater attention to older women should be focused on research, policy and practice.

Consult the PDF to read the entire publication.


  1. International Center for Reproductive Health, Department of Uro-Gynecology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  2. Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  3. Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Brussels Belgium
  4. School of Social Work, University of Sherbrooke and Research Center on Aging, Sherbrooke, Canada
  5. Department of Psychiatry, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium

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