In conflicts around the world, sexual violence is used systematically as a method of warfare.
Armies and rebel groups rape women and girls, but also men and boys, in an attempt to destroy and terrorize the population. Mass rape is a cheap and effective weapon with devastating consequences.
Large-scale sexual violence such as gang rape and sexual slavery causes severe medical and psychological harm to the victims. It destroys family bonds, spreads diseases and breaks down entire societies.
However, rape never happens accidentally. It is committed intentionally. Therefore, it can be stopped.