Colombia

Sexual violence in the Colombian conflict

After more than 50 years of conflict, Colombia’s women have been severely affected by widespread and systemic sexual violence by the various armed groups operating in the country. It is estimated that between 2000 and 2009, almost half a million women suffered some form of sexual violence in areas affected by the conflict.

As in many countries with poor prosecution records, most women tend not to report acts of violence against them. It is estimated that in Colombia, some 82%of women who have survived sexual violence in Colombia, domestic and conflict related, have not reported the attacks.

When such crimes are under acknowledged and underreported they will continue. Project Monma is going to Colombia from July to October 2015 to speak Colombians about sexual violence to help bring to light some of the crimes happening against women.

 

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