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 2020, our teams treated over 29,300 victims of sexual violence; 10,500 more than just three years earlier.

Quick facts about sexual violence

 
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
Honduras

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
 
An MSF ambulance picking up a patient at night in Mathare
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

COVID19 and lack of protective equipment threaten lifesaving care in Kenya.

Project Update 15 May 2020
 
Lebogang Seketema, MSF Driver
South Africa

Drivers for victims: changing lives in Rustenburg

Project Update 2 Oct 2019
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
Medical Resource

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