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Sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings

The laudable focus on assisting victims of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings distracts attention from the need to focus on dealing with the perpetrators of such violence, which is the only way to prevent it from happening. The current British initiative is an attempt to do this. Generally, zero-tolerance policies regarding military sexual violence should be implemented and their implementation should be monitored, militaries should train their soldiers to avoid violent sexual behaviour and more men should be engaged to promote work on gender equality and against violent sexual behaviour. Another area that needs attention is the forgotten victims of sexual violence, including male victims of such violence and children born from rape.

Last modified: 14.03.2013

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