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

Occupied Minds - Wady Lighrous

Occupied Minds: Daily obstacles

Voices from the Field 12 Dec 2014
Mental Health in Colombia, September 2014
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Minds and bodies marked by sexual violence in Colombia

28 Nov 2014
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Sexual violence, an unattended medical emergency

Press Release 25 Nov 2014
Bangui, General Hospital, VVS
Central African Republic

Confronting the painful taboo of rape

Project Update 31 Oct 2014
Honduras - Support to the ER department of Escuela Hospital in Tegucigalpa
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MSF Projects in Tegucigalpa

10 Sep 2014
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Bangui, General Hospital, VVS
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MSF treats victims of sexual violence in Bangui

28 Aug 2014
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Honduras - Servicio prioritario

MSF makes care for rape survivors a priority

Project Update 28 Aug 2014
Panay Island - Mental health
Democratic Republic of Congo

“I have trouble believing that such a level of horror is possible”

Voices from the Field 16 Jul 2014
Democratic Republic of Congo

MSF team treats survivors of abduction, sexual slavery and torture in mining region of eastern Congo

Project Update 16 Jul 2014
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
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