Legal concepts of rape

Mari Heidenborg, Lisa Gormley & Elizabeth Sheehy 

Mari Heidenborg has been a judge for 15 years and has, since 2011, had the position as cheif judge at Solna District Court, one of the largest district Court in Sweden. She is now serving as a Justice in the Supreme Court. Marie Heidenborg has had several assignment for the Swedish Government, concerning legislation in the area of Criminal Law. She has been appointed Chair of the Swedish Sexual Offences Comission of 2014, which deals with various questions concerning the legislation on rape, among others if it should be based on consent.

Lisa Gormley was awarded a Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law in 2000. From 2000 to 2014 she served as a legal adviser at Amnesty International Secretariat, mostly specialising in women’s rights in international law.

Elizabeth Sheehy, LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. (Honoris causa), FRSC, is Vice Dean Research and Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. She teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Sexual Assault Law, and Defending Battered Women on Trial. She was co-counsel for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) in its intervention in R v JA (“advance consent” to sexual assault) and has participated in the legal work for many ground-breaking cases including the Jane Doe litigation (ONCJ 1998) and the legal intervention by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter in Mooney v AG of BC (BCCA 2004).

Professor Sheehy contributes regularly to print and radio media analyses and publishes op eds on legal responses to male violence against women. Her research record includes her most recent books: Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism and Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts.

Sexual violence against men

Jens Lindberg, Malene Hilden & Karl Norwald

Jens Lindberg is an ethnologist working at the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University. In 2015 his doctoral thesis on Swedish healthcare and the care of raped men was published. He is currently working on a 3-year project on police work and male rape.

Dr Malene Hilden is a consultant at Center for Victims of Sexual Assault, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. Affiliated to the clinic since 2001. Specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Her PhD-thesis on health consequences of sexual assault, 2004.

Karl Norwald is an authorized social worker and authorized sexological counsellor (NACS) and is working at the Unit for sexual health at The South General Hospital, Stockholm. He was the project manager for the Rape victim center regarding psycho-social follow up, which  opened up for patients regardless of gender identity in October 2015.

 Sexual assaults in warfare

Dr Neema Rukungu & Jimmy Geagea

Dr Neema Rukunghu is on staff at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DR Congo since 2007 as a physician. She has been the medical coordinator and responsible physician for the special project Survivors of Sexual Violence (SSV) at Panzi Hospital  since 2008, and has a long and extensive experience of diagnosis and holistic treatment of women and girls, survivors of sexual violence. She is also a member of the forensic medical network in Bukavu, DR Congo and on the steering committee of African Initiative for Integrated Responses on Violence against Women and Girls and HIV (AIR). She is  an activist for  human and women´s rights, and for women´s participation in the community and development both on a local and national level.

Jimmy Geagea is a senior social worker & SGBV specialist based in Beirut. She has covered crisis intervention, protection strategies, safety planning, supportive counseling, and operations management for multiple NGOs in Lebanon. Currently Jimmy Geagea is providing support and advice to the trafficking department at KAFA (Enough Violence and Exploitation) Association. The KAFA association is one of the local non-governmental Lebanese organizations. She is based both inside the KAFA Support center: to ensure the daily safety and development of the residents and outside the center: to individually legally follow-up on each old and new SGBV case.


Health consequences of rape

Steven Lucas, Lise Eilin Stene & Mie-Louise Larsen

Dr Steven Lucas research is about victims of violence, sexual abuse and neglect during childhood and adulthood, with a focus on long term effects on mental and physical Health.

Dr. Lise Eilin Stene is a postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies and a Medical doctor at the Department of Social Pediatrics, Women and Children´s Division, Oslo University Hospital. She has a PhD in Public Health, and her fields of research include Health consequences of interpersonal violence, medico-legal examination in cases of sexual assaults, and public health preparedness to terrorism and disasters.

Mie-Louise Larsen, MD and trainee in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Worked at the Center for Victims of Sexual Assault, Rigshospitelet, Copenhagen from 2010 until 2015. She wrote her PhD thesis regarding somatic and psychiatric health before and after sexual assault.