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Housemaids are the most vulnerable group to sexual violence due to their working conditions, isolation, and school arrangements. Despite the ubiquity of sexual violence among housemaids, this area of research continues to be neglected. This study was conducted among 394 housemaids attending night schools to assess the prevalence and factors pertaining to sexual violence among the housemaids. The level of sexual violence was found to be high among housemaids attending night schools in this study. Housemaids from rural areas, those newly starting work, younger housemaids, and those who were married were more likely to be victims of sexual violence.

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This study addressed the neglected segment of the community with impressive findings about the burden of sexual violence among housemaids and a number of exposing risk factors. The study disclosed the hidden challenge of the housemaids with regard to sexual violence.


I am very impressed with conducting this research and the findings were also suggestive of the need to tune the focus to the sexual health of such a neglected population segment.

Mohammed Shaka

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This page is a summary of: Prevalence of sexual violence and its associated factors among housemaids attending evening schools in urban settings of Gedeo zone, Southern Ethiopia: A school based cross sectional study, PLoS ONE, October 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0258953.
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