From ABC News:
Wartime tactics are often brutal, but in some conflict-torn regions, perpetrators add — to the usual bombs, guns and beatings — sexual violence against women.
The practice has become so widespread and visible that the United Nations Security Council took aim at the issue on June 19 when it demanded nations halt warring factions’ violence against women, specifically saying rape was no longer a war by-product, but a military tactic.
“The unfortunate thing is that, in many parts of the world, in many conflicts, it has been made a weapon of war,” U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said. “It’s meant to tear societies apart. It’s meant to show who’s boss, and I remember very well going to Darfur, and sitting in a refugee camp in a tent with women talking about the fact that they had been raped on the way to get firewood or to get water.”
Rice is passionate about the issue and chaired part of the U.N. session that informed the 15-member council how the world now recognizes sexual violence during conflicts goes beyond individual victims to affect nations’ security and stability.
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