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 2017, our teams treated over 18,800 victims of sexual violence.

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Untreated Violence
Sexual violence

Untreated Violence: The need for patient-centred care for survivors of sexual violence 1 Aug 2016
MSF Press Release: Syrian Refugees Stranded in the "Berm" Jordan/Syria Border

Voices from the Berm

Voices from the Field 30 Jun 2016
MSF mobile clinic in South Sudan
South Sudan

Heavy fighting in Wau causing new displacement crisis

Voices from the Field 29 Jun 2016
Fighting in Malakal, South Sudan
South Sudan

Report details UN's failures in protecting civilians in Malakal

Press Release 22 Jun 2016
 Healthcare in Boguila, Central African Republic
Central African Republic

Humanitarians need to go where no one else wants to

Voices from the Field 11 May 2016
DRC-Mambasa: Emergency medical and psychological care for victims of sexual violence
Democratic Republic of Congo

In Mambasa, MSF teams provide care to four new rape survivors each day

Project Update 25 Apr 2016
IDPs in Sortoni camp

Conditions in Sortoni camp, North Darfur leave 61,000 residents who fled Jebel Mara in danger

Project Update 22 Apr 2016
Dec 2013 - 2015: Relentless violence in Unity State, South Sudan
South Sudan

Leer population take shelter from violence in the MSF compound

Statement 16 Mar 2016
Jeanine and her daughters.
Democratic Republic of Congo

Suffering has been a part of my life. But I fight. I'm still standing!

Voices from the Field 10 Mar 2016
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
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