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

 
IDPs in Sortoni camp
Sudan

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
 
"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
 
Haiti

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

Voices from the Field 2 Sep 2015
 
Acapulco Sexual Violence
Mexico

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

Voices from the Field 29 Jul 2015
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
Medical Resource

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