Rape survivors should never face "prison of stigma"

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A woman stands in a shelter for girls and women who have endured sexual and gender-based violence, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

Survivors of rape or sexual slavery should never again face "the prison of stigma" described by some of them as a "living death", the acting UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, has said.

Adama Dieng, who is also the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, made the appeal to members of the Security Council during an open debate on "Sexual violence in conflict as a tactic of war and terrorism."

According to the UN, this form of violence has become a core element of the ideology and operations of extremist groups such as ISIL or Da'esh, Boko Haram, the Nusrah Front and Al-Shabaab.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

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