Addressing sexual violence in humanitarian emergencies

Glob Public Health. 2006;1(2):133-46. doi: 10.1080/17441690600652787.


Sexual violence is a by-product of conflict commonly seen, but poorly addressed, in humanitarian emergencies. Reports reveal that extraordinary numbers of women and girls suffer physical, psychological, and social consequences of sexual violence during conflict, when fleeing conflict, and during displacement. All sectors of the humanitarian community have a role to play in the prevention of and response to sexual violence. Improvements are needed: in the short-term to meet the needs of survivors of sexual violence; in collecting data related to sexual violence in humanitarian emergencies; and, perhaps most importantly, to address the widespread tolerance for high rates of sexual violence in humanitarian settings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Altruism*
  • Crime
  • Emergencies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Rape / prevention & control
  • Rape / psychology*
  • Rape / statistics & numerical data
  • Refugees
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Survivors / psychology*
  • Survivors / statistics & numerical data
  • Violence / psychology
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Warfare*