Rape victims in DR Congo need compensation

Women who have been raped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should receive compensation as they continue to suffer from deep social stigmas and terrible neglect.

rape in the Congo

rape in the Congo

This is the conclusion of a new report by a United Nations three-member panel following a 17-day visit to the country from 30 September to 10 October last year.

During the visit to seven locations in three different provinces and the capital Kinshasa, the panel heard directly from 61 survivors of sexual violence ranging in age from three years old to 61 years old, including four male victims.

Kyung-wha Kang, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and a member of the panel, says the rape victims they met are suffering greatly, physically, psychologically and materially.

“This victimization is compounded by the stigma they often face in families and communities. Rejected by their husbands and socially ostracized, victims of sexual violence are left to fend for themselves, often living on the streets. Their stigmatization is further compounded by fistula, pregnancy resulting from rape and the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.”

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