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 2019, our teams treated over 28,800 victims of sexual violence; 10,000 more than just two years earlier.

Quick facts about sexual violence

 
MSF Response Rohingya Crisis
Rohingya refugee crisis

Crisis update – November 2017

Crisis Update 20 Nov 2017
 
Untreated Violence
Sexual violence

Untreated Violence: Critical gaps in medical and clinical forensic care for survivors of sexual violence in South Africa

org.za 1 Nov 2017
 
MSF President Joanne Liu visits emergency projects in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Rohingya refugee crisis

“People are in survival mode”

Speech 23 Oct 2017
 
Leah, counsellor, MSF Women's Clinic, Kamrangirchar
Bangladesh

"Now, no one can abuse me" - Counselling for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence

Voices from the Field 10 Oct 2017
 
Violence in Buenaventura
Photo Story

Violence in Buenaventura

16 Aug 2017
Photo Story
 
Assisting victims of violence in Reynosa
Mexico

“One in four patients we assist has experienced violence”

Project Update 24 Jul 2017
 
SGBV Medical Emergency Haiti
Haiti

Against their will: New report on sexual violence

Report 12 Jul 2017
 
SGBV Medical Emergency Haiti
Photo Story

Against their will

12 Jul 2017
Photo Story
 
Democratic Republic of Congo

MSF provides emergency medical care in conflict-affected Kasai region

Project Update 5 Jul 2017
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
Medical Resource

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