Report the Abuse did not operate in a vacuum. While we focused on sexual violence against humanitarian aid workers, others focus on the sexual violence currently being committed against the local population. This problem is just as important, and collaboration on these issues is key to maintaining momentum on the broader issue of sexual violence in conflict.
Survivors in the local community often do not have access to medical or psychosocial resources to recover from their traumas, which is sometimes inflicted by members of the humanitarian community, and it is often brushed under the rug.
By acknowledging the nuances of sexual violence in conflict, and working with like minded organizations and campaigns, we can help to reduce the number of incidents altogether – against the local community and humanitarian aid workers.
This list should not be viewed as a comprehensive catalogue of articles on the subject. This section is intended to spark debates on the topic, a jumping off point for one’s own research into the subject.
Danielle Paquette, Turning Pain into Hope
Jocelyne Sambira, The power of bearing witness: how rape became an act of genocide
Aryn Baker, ‘When I Sing, the Bad Memories Disappear’
Rape is being used for ethnic cleansing in South Sudan. But it’s not the first place, or the last., Women Under Siege, 19 December 2016.,
Ruth Maclean, Congolese rape survivor finds justice elusive: ‘I’m afraid my father will find me’, The Guardian, 9 December 2016.
UN Experts call for UN special investigation into epic levels of sexual violence in South Sudan, OHCHR, 2 December 2016.
Stigma against rape survivors undermines efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict, Tearfund, 25 November 2016.