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.

Quick Facts

"RETURN TO ABUSER" - Family and Sexual Violence Papua New Guinea
Photo Story

Cycles of abuse and gender based violence revealed in Papua New Guinea

1 Mar 2016
Photo Story
"RETURN TO ABUSER" - Family and Sexual Violence Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea

Return to Abuser

Report 1 Mar 2016
South Sudan

Activity Update, August 2015

Crisis Update 8 Sep 2015

More about sexual & gender-based violence

Project Update 2 Sep 2015

“Every single case we saw was complicated, and touching and difficult and emotional”

Voices from the Field 2 Sep 2015
Acapulco Sexual Violence

Acapulco's population is exposed to violence on a daily basis

Voices from the Field 29 Jul 2015
Women's health

Q&A on consequences of unsafe abortion

Voices from the Field 14 Jul 2015
Emergency in South Irumu: Vaccinations and distributions in unstable areas
Democratic Republic of Congo

A new project for victims of violence in Boga

Project Update 17 Jun 2015
"Because Tomorrow Needs Her" communications project - Repairing Fistulas in Burundi
Women's health

Women's Health: Because Tomorrow Needs Her

Campaign 16 Jun 2015
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
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MSF Field Research

We produce important research based on our field experience. So far, we have published articles in over 100 peer-reviewed journals. These articles have often changed clinical practice and have been used for humanitarian advocacy. All of these articles can be found on our dedicated Field Research website.

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