Sexual Violence in Conflict – Report The Abuse
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Sexual Violence in Conflict

Report the Abuse does not operate in a vacuum. While we focus on sexual violence against humanitarian and development workers, others focus on the sexual violence currently being committed against the local population, those who we work for in conflict zones.

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 help them recover from their traumas, and when these traumas are inflicted by members of the humanitarian or development community their occurrence 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 humanitarians.

This list will grow, but should not be viewed as a comprehensive catalog of articles on the subject. This section is intended to spark debates on the topic, a jumping off point for your own research into the subject.

If there are any important campaigns or links that you feel should be highlighted, please contact us.

The number of campaigns and articles on this subject is incredible, and the hardest part is knowing where to start a discussion on the topic:

Stop Rape Now

Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC) Dataset

Sexual Violence Research Initiative 


Skye Wheeler, “My heart is always scared”: The Simmering Mental Health Crisis for Rape Victims in War

Jocelyne Sambira, The power of bearing witness: how rape became an act of genocide

Magdalena Mis, Rape, sexual assault in Ukraine conflict may amount to war crimes – U.N.

Aryn Baker, ‘When I Sing, the Bad Memories Disappear’

Killings, rapes in South Sudan continued ‘unabated’ after July 2016 violence, UN reports

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.

Akshaya Kumar, UN Peacekeepers Turn Blind Eye To Rape in South Sudan, Human Rights Watch, 3 November 2016.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Sexual violence in conflict – how do we stop it?, Reuters, 2 November 2016.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Sexual Violence In Conflict Is More Than ‘Rape As A Weapon Of War’, The Huffington Post, 30 October 2016.

Priyanka Motaparthy, South Sudan’s Suspected Rapists must be brought to Justice, Newsweek, 20 August 2016.

Simona Foltyn, ‘I begged them to kill me instead’: women in South Sudan raped under nose of UN, The Guardian, 29 July 2016.

Anna Furman, The First Time Rape Was Prosecuted as a War Crime, Broadly, 14 March 2016.

Dr Hope Ferdowsian, Dr Ranit Mishori and Karen Naimer, Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Conflict, Angle, 20 January 2016.

Lisa Smith, Using forensic science to fight back against sexual violence in conflict, The Conversation, 29 September 2015.

Hannah McNeish, South Sudan: women and girls raped as ‘wages’ for government-allied fighters, The Guardian, 28 September 2015.

Katy Migiro, Gang-rape as power: Africa experts seek ways to end sex crimes, Reuters, 18 September 2015.

Liz Ford and Amaka Opara, Local support key to achieving justice in sexual violence cases, claim researchers, The Guardian, 26 August 2015.

Zuzana Pavelková and Leslie Woodward, My body, a war zone: breaking the silence surrounding sexual violence in conflict, Insight on Conflict, 1 September 2015.

Madeleine Rees, There are no quick fixes to warzone rape, but Hague’s summit was a vital first step, The Guardian, 24 June 2015.

UN: Sexual Violence a ‘Tactic of War’, Human Rights Watch, 14 April 2015.

Elizabeth Blunt, Sexual violence in conflict – what use is the law?, IRIN, 30 January 2015.

Drawing a line, The Economist, 14 June 2014.

Harriet Sherwood, International protocol launched to deal with sexual violence in conflict, The Guardian, 11 June 2014.

International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Basic Standards of Best Practice on the Documentation of Sexual Violence as a Crime under International Law, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom Government, June 2014.

Guidance Note of the Secretary General: Reparations for Conflict‐Related Sexual Violence, United Nations, June 2014.

Sexual violence in armed conflict: questions and answers, International Committee of the Red Cross, 10 November 2013.

Conflict-related sexual violence, GA A/66/657–S/2012/33, 13 January 2012.

War on Women: Time for Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Nobel Women’s Initiative, May 2011.

Dianne Otto and Helena Gronberg, Confronting Sexual Violence in Conflict Situations, International Women’s Tribune Centre, 2009.

Sandesh Sivakumaran, Sexual Violence Against Men in Armed Conflict, The European Journal of International Law, Vol. 18 No. 2, 2007.