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

 
South-Sudan: thousands at risk of cholera and malnutrition in Pieri
South Sudan

“They killed the women, the girls, everybody in the town”

Voices from the Field 2 Jun 2017
 
South-Sudan: thousands at risk of cholera and malnutrition in Pieri
South Sudan

Thousands at risk of cholera and malnutrition after fleeing attacks in Yuai and Waat

Press Release 2 Jun 2017
 
South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda
Uganda

At night, I can’t stop thinking about what is going to happen to me and my children

Voices from the Field 18 May 2017
 
People fetching water in Palorinya refugee camp, Uganda
Uganda

Over 900,000 South Sudanese refugees are in need of humanitarian aid

Project Update 18 May 2017
 
Mexico Migrants Report 2017
Central American Migration

No way to safety for people fleeing extreme violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle

Press Release 12 May 2017
 
Phoenix rescue 02 Sept 2015
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Dying to reach Europe: Insight into the desperate journeys Eritreans make to reach safety

Press Release 27 Feb 2017
 
Untreated Violence
South Africa

Sexual violence in platinum mining belt a major driver of HIV

Press Release 20 Feb 2017
 
Nigeria

MSF supports awareness of sexual violence in Port Harcourt

Voices from the Field 5 Feb 2017
 
Honduras: Mental healthcare for victims of violence
Honduras

Mental healthcare for victims of violence

Project Update 26 Jan 2017
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
Medical Resource

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