Understanding Cyber Sexual Gender Based Violence in Sri Lanka

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February 22, 2024

One of the primary objectives of the Caught in the Web (CitW) project is to “establish a robust framework for evidence gathering and monitoring around “what works” for tackling CSGBV in Sri Lanka. Given the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of the digital landscape, our project is consistently engaged in monitoring both online and offline activities to enhance the development of our work plan and methodology. Through these ongoing efforts, a significant revelation came to light: individuals affected by CSGBV exhibit reluctance in seeking legal support.

While it is widely acknowledged that there is a prevailing lack of trust in the justice sector and many victims hesitate to approach the police due to fear, embarrassment, or the possibility of revictimization, our findings have further illuminated the reluctance of victims and survivors to seek assistance from lawyers. Seeking the assistance of lawyers is paramount for victims and CSGBV in Sri Lanka due to the intricate legal landscape surrounding such cases. Many individuals may not be well-versed in the laws pertaining to CSGBV, making legal expertise crucial for understanding and asserting their rights. Lawyers play a pivotal role in guiding survivors through the complexities of the legal system, assisting in effective communication with law enforcement, and ensuring a comprehensive understanding of available legal options. Moreover, legal professionals advocate for accountability, assist in gathering evidence, and represent victims in court, increasing the likelihood of successful prosecution. As such, their support is essential not only in navigating the legal intricacies but also in providing emotional assistance and safeguarding the rights of survivors throughout the legal process.

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