Furthermore, over the course of the Syrian crisis there has also been horrendous reports of gender based violence.
Last week the organisation Human Rights Watch reported that Syrian government forces have been using sexual violence to facilitate torture of both men and women detainees. In addition, the organisation has also heard testimonies from civilians who have also suffered violence of a sexual nature in their own homes.
Sickeningly, sexualised violence is all too frequently used as a weapon of war in conflict situations, such as had been the case in Rwanda and Darfur.
Director of Women under Siege, Lauren Wolfe explains:
Continued in the Independent