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Joke Depraetere is a Ph.D. Fellow of the Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University. She received a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Sexology from the Catholic University of Leuven. Her research interests include male sexual violence victimization, particularly the risk factors, consequences, and specific influence of gender roles stereotypes on male sexual violence victimization.

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  • Sexual victimization
  • Male victims
  • Gender roles

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  • 2018-2022 – PhD: “#MenToo. Explaining the prevalence, consequences and risk of sexual violence victimization in adult males. Assessing the prevalence and effects of male sexual victimization and the influence of stereotypical gender roles on male sexual victimization risks and consequences.”
  • 2017-2018 – PhD researcher at the UN-MENAMAIS project

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Tom Vander Beken is a lawyer and a criminologist with a PhD in law. Currently, he is a full professor in Criminology and Criminal Law and director of the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) within the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law of the  Faculty of Law and Criminology at Ghent University. He is spokesman and promoter of the Ghent University Interdisciplinary Research Consortium Crime, Criminology and Criminal Policy (CCCP). He developed several research lines in criminology and criminal justice focusing on organized crime, prison systems, and criminal justice issues in an international and comparative perspective. Many of his studies take a special focus on vulnerable persons (mentally ill offenders, asylum seekers, victims,…)  

Tom Vander Beken and his team have developed a growing interest and expertise in interdisciplinary research on (mental) health, geographical criminology, and sexual abuse. The research designs applied consist of both state of the art quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  

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