Wartime sexual violence is uncommon worldwide and likely on the decline, Canadian researchers said Wednesday in a report, challenging the notion that rape is increasingly used as a weapon.
A woman who was raped by eight men belonging to an armed group in 2007 sits on a bench in a refuge in the DR Congo. Wartime sexual violence is uncommon worldwide and likely on the decline, researchers say, noting that rape and other abuses "continue to pose a grave threat," but that horrific crimes committed in the DR Congo, Rwanda, and several other countries are "the exceptions, not the rule."
The study by the Human Security Report Project, a research center affiliated with Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, criticized non-governmental organizations and the media for suggesting that extreme abuses were the norm.
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