Conflict related sexual violence has a direct or indirect link to conflict or post-conflict settings and other situations of concern, and can constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity and acts of torture or genocide.
CRSV is an abhorrent crime used as a tactic of war for military, political and economic reasons and continues to be a feature of conflicts today, claiming thousands of victims every year. It is used to punish, terrorize, intimidate, control and displace civilians and, in the process, destroy the social fabric of communities.
Survivors of CRSV often experience severe physical and psychological health challenges exacerbated by a lack of medical facilities.
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