The War within War

Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Eastern Congo

Authored by: Joanne Csete

Categories: Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2002
Citation: Csete, Joanne. The War within War: Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Eastern Congo. New York: Human Rights Watch, 2002. Accessed January 10, 2017.

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Executive Summary

This report explores the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war. Focusing on the frequency of cases in the Eastern Congo, it uses witness reports and documents to highlight issues including impunity for the soldiers that perpetuate sexual violence, how rape victims experience and deal with social stigma, and the status of medical services to treat such sexual-based violence.