Shocking scale of sexual violence against men and boys

War Child co-hosted a high level all-day workshop at the Overseas Development Institute on sexual violence against men and boys yesterday.

This event was a precursor to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict which takes place in London next month.

The workshop aimed to raise awareness of the issue of sexual violence against men and boys and develop recommendations for action.

A new report was published which laid bare the shocking truth of the scale of the problem:

  • 90 per cent of male victims of sexual violence in active conflicts have no access to justice (the law provides no protection for them)

  • 63 countries, representing almost two-thirds of the world’s population, only recognise female victims of rape.

  • 70 states criminalise men who report abuse

  • 28 countries only recognise males as perpetrators of sexual violence – not females.

The research also found that up to 1 in 3 men fleeing the conflict in DRC had experienced sexual violence.