The Silent Conflict:
Why we need a plan to tackle Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War

Sexual violence is always wrong, never excusable and, far too often, still suffered in silence. But when sexual violence is used as a widespread, systematic and deliberate weapon of war the international community has a moral responsibility to protect the victims and prosecute the perpetrators. The crimes of sexual violence recorded in conflicts ranging from the Former Yugoslavia and Peru to Rwanda, Liberia and currently Darfur and the DRC are amongst the most horrific war crimes ever committed. We urgently need to find more and better ways to bring an end to this epidemic of conflict-based sexual violence and the UK has a vital role to play in formulating, promoting and implementing such policy.