In order to stop this weapon, the response must be multi-sectoral and holistic:
– On a medical level: victims must be able to benefit from general medical care but sometimes also from surgical repair. The medical response is also inseparable from psychological or even psychiatric support to respond to the traumatized victims.
– On the legal side: rigorous and impartial investigative work must be put in place. The aim here is to collect testimonies and data so that legal proceedings can subsequently be initiated. It is therefore essential to train professionals (lawyers, jurists, police forces, etc.) in precise and effective methods for investigating and listening to victims.
– A more analytical approach: it is important to understand the context in which sexual violence takes place. The analysis of political, economic and social situations – but sometimes also of the ethnic, religious or tribal fabric – is then essential. It is also a geostrategic analysis that must be conducted in terms of understanding international relations and conflicts.
– In terms of rehabilitation: because we need to look further, because the victims’ lives do not stop and because we need to know how to accompany them. It is crucial not to lock these people into their victim status. At the heart of the response is the empowerment of victims: they must be actors in their rehabilitation. Accompanying victims in their professional project can lead to their social and economic rehabilitation within their community. This rehabilitation must also concern the perpetrators of rape, through support work and psychological follow-up.
In recent years, the use of war rape has attracted the attention of the international community. Politicians, public figures and international organizations have begun to recognize that sexual violence during conflict is a problem for humanity as a whole.
This is a unique moment!
We must all join together to give the necessary answers to counter this phenomenon.
WWoW impacts at the global level by pointing out structural problems related to war rape and relying on local organizations and communities.
Its objective is to provide a global response through a local approach based on the wishes and needs of survivors.