Virginity Misinterpretation as a Phenomenon of Female Abuse in Yemen

Nabil Hizam Al-Hamadi

Dept. of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology faculty of medicine and health sciences, Sana'a University


Regardless of immense modernization, civilian development and the increasing knowledge attitudes, female abuse is becoming an increasing phenomenon as a discrimination based on human gender (1).
Every society has its own habits and traditions; Yemen has strict traditions, considered to be a part of the Yemeni cultural bases. The closed Yemeni society particularly
in rural areas and illiteracy have participated in the appearance of some undesired and repelled beliefes, virginity is considered one of these.
Women's experiences of abuse are shaped by the social and cultural contexts in which they live. Of particular concern are the ways in which common are constrained in their efforts to combat abuse as they experience the harsh and alienating effects of racism, classism and other forms

of social injustice. Despite increasing public, professional, and scientific interest in the problem of wife abuse and battering, little has been written
about the importance of socio-cultural sensitivity in intervention with abused women and battered women in Arab society (2). Sexual violence is a significant public health problem, and has been linked to adverse effects on women's physical and mental health (3). As well as being a violation of human rights, violence against women can be regarded an "emerging health problem" of the late twentieth century (4,5).
Intimate partner violence (IPV) involves an interrelated combination of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, usually directed against women (6).
Virginity examination in Yemen is a real conflict emerging clearly in the last few years (7).Many hospitals

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