Don't Excuse Abuse

Sexual violence

Sexual violence affects millions of people, brutally shattering the lives of women, men and children. It is a medical emergency, but there is often a dire lack of healthcare services for victims.

No statistics on sexual violence provide a complete picture of the problem or its prevalence. Shame, fear, stigmatisation and many other obstacles prevent an unknown number of victims from receiving, or even seeking, treatment. And yet getting immediate medical care after sexual assault is critical in order to limit the potential consequences. In 2021, our teams treated over 36,800 victims of sexual violence; 5,500 more than the year before.

Quick facts about sexual violence

Aerial view of the Bulengo IDP site
Democratic Republic of Congo

Alarming numbers of sexual violence victims in camps around Goma

Press Release 9 May 2023
Excluded women: the severe limitations of access to sexual and reproductive health

Addressing the dangerous gap in sexual and reproductive healthcare in Honduras

Interview 2 Sep 2022
The journey of a wounded woman at MSF'SICA hospital in Bangui
Central African Republic

A visual journey through a year of renewed violence in an old conflict

Project Update 17 Dec 2021
Bajo Chiquito
Central American Migration

COVID-19 forces thousands of migrants to cross perilous jungle from Colombia to Panama

Project Update 5 Aug 2021
Salamabia Sexual Violence
Democratic Republic of Congo

Sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Report 15 Jul 2021
Salamabia Sexual Violence
Democratic Republic of Congo

Thousands of survivors of sexual violence in serious need of care in DRC

Press Release 15 Jul 2021
République Centrafricaine / Central African Republic
Sexual violence

Healing the visible and invisible wounds of sexual violence in CAR

Project Update 13 Apr 2021
Impact of hurricanes Eta and Lota

MSF steps up medical care in response to humanitarian crisis in Honduras

Press Release 16 Dec 2020
Salamabia Sexual Violence
Democratic Republic of Congo

MSF denounces ongoing violence in Salamabila

Statement 19 Nov 2020
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
Medical Resource

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