A poster in Monrovia, Liberia, encouraging women to seek assistance if they have been raped (Keystone)

Rape as a Weapon of War

May 17, 2011

Media reports are becoming more disturbing by the day as we learn how rape is being used as an everpresent tool of war against women.

The following links represent some of the current stories in the media:

Libya Troops Using Rape as a Weapon?   CNN.com   May 17, 2011

STUDY: 1,152 Women Raped Everyday In DRC Totally Free Press.com May 12, 2011

Congo Study Sets Estimate for Rapes Much Higher  The New York Times May 11, 2011

STUDY: Estimates and Determinants of Sexual Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Rape Survivor Symbolizes Tragic Story of Congo

 

Alexander Panetta
The Canadian Press
April 20, 2010

In spite of everything, she still named her daughter Victory.

Even after a machete-wielding militia hacked to death her husband and only son; even after she was mutilated, gang-raped and impregnated by the same group of men. The assault even left her, and the baby in her womb, infected with HIV.

There’s one thing, however, that those men failed to take from Honorine Kabuo. Nine years later, she is still alive, and is so grateful to have survived that tragic day that she named her attacker’s child “Ushindi” – the Swahili word for victory.

To read the full story at Yahoo!Canada News, click here.