Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Global Overview and Implications for the Security Sector

Authored by: Megan Bastick, Karin Grimm, and Rahel Kunz

Categories: Conflict Prevention, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Security Sector Reform (SSR), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2007
Citation: Bastick, Megan, Karin Grimm, and Rahel Kunz. Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Global Overview and Implications for the Security Sector. Geneva, Switzerland: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, 2007.

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Executive Summary

This report demonstrates the horrifying scope and magnitude of sexual violence in armed conflict. The first part of the report profiles documented conflict-related sexual violence in 50 countries – in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East – that have experienced armed conflict over the past twenty years. The second part of the report explores strategies for security and justice actors to prevent and respond to sexual violence in armed conflict and post-conflict situations. It focuses in particular on peacekeepers; police; the justice sector, including transitional justice; civil society initiatives; and how DDR programmes can address sexual violence.