Some estimates concerning conflict related sexual violence: • Globally, sexual violence against women, men, adolescents and children has been reported in 51 countries that have experienced conflict within the last 25 years, giving a sense of how common it is a component or consequence of conflict (Bastick, Grimm, & and Kunz, 2006).
• Among a random sample of 205 women and girls in Liberia, nearly half (49%) reported experiencing at least one act of physical or sexual violence by a combatant (Swiss et al., 1998).
• In Sarajevo Canton, 80% of the 5,000 male inmates held at a concentration camp reported being raped, and more than 50,000 women were raped (UN Women, 2010).
• In the eastern DRC, at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence, mostly involving women and girls, have been documented: 1,100 per month (UN Women, 2011).
• In Colombia, 36% of internally displaced women in the country had been forced to have sex by men (Ministry for Social Protection, 2003).
• In Sierra Leone, among a random sample of internally displaced persons, 9% of female household heads and 8% of female household members reported war-related sexual assaults (Amowitz et al., 2002).
• One of the most rigorous studies of sexual violence in the eastern DRC shows the magnitude of this violence against both males and females. This careful study suggests that in an area with 5 million people, 1.3 million women and 0.76 million men are survivors of sexual violence, although this includes pre-, during- and post-conflict data
(Johnson et al., 2010, p. 561).
Thank you to Michael Kaufman for these statistics.
Michael Kaufman co-founder White Ribbon Campaign, Toronto, Canada, www.michaelkaufman.com