Sexual violence happens so often that it’s viewed mistakenly by many as an inevitability
End Sexual Violence in Conflict
In 1946, the Nuremberg trials condemned rape as a crime against humanity.
But since then the world has done little to stop it. Instead, sexual violence has been honed as a weapon of war. The scale is staggering. In the Democratic Republic of Congo alone it’s estimated that 48 women are raped every hour. Survivors must bear the children of their attackers, and many are subsequently forced into prostitution and sexual slavery, leaving them vulnerable to HIV and Aids. Sexual violence permanently tears apart communities in a way that few weapons can. We support the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and its goal of ending the “culture of impunity” which allows these crimes to go unpunished.
But what I learnt there has changed my life
International law can be deployed to tackle rape in war
Half the victims of rape in conflict zones are children
Documenting evidence of sexual violence is a fraught task
The shocking testimony of soldiers who rape