colorful posters and signs protest sexual violence
June 19th commemorates the elimination of sexual violence in conflict. | Image: UN Women Asia and the Pacific via flickr | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Shattered Lives: The Global Crisis of Sexual Violence in Conflict

June 19th is the international day for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict. It is a day of silent remembrance, as the crime of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is not a priority on political agendas. Survivors are often too traumatized to report, or experience further criminalization and stigmatization. The recent annual report of the UN Secretary General stresses the continuous prevalence and the global scale of this horrific crime. This blog summarizes its core findings.