Sexual violence and sexual torture

More resources on helping survivors of rape and sexual assault are available here.

A Congolese-US participatory action research partnership to rebuild the lives of rape survivors and their families in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Glass N(1), Ramazani P, Tosha M, Mpanano M, Cinyabuguma M. Glob Public Health. 2012;7(2):184-95. 

Link is to abstract; full article available for purchase.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains an all-too-potent reminder of how war, human rights violations and their related health and economic impacts can devastate a society. The last decade has seen the use of rape as a weapon of war in the DRC, where rebels and soldiers subject women and girls to brutalising attacks, rape, torture and mutilation.

Rape and sexual assault

Rape and sexual violence are commonly used methods of torture.  Providers of services including medical, legal, psychological, or social services to immigrant and refugee populations should be aware of the possibility that their clients may have been subjected to sexual or gender-based violence before, during, or after their refugee journey.


"Healing and The Pursuit of Justice: Challenging Sexual Assault as an Instrument of War"


Part 1 – Rape and Sexual Assault as a Weapon of War

Part 2 –  The Effects of Sexual Assault on Refugee Women

Part 3 –  A Human Rights Approach to Sexual

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