Rape in S. Sudan at alarming levels

s-sudan-rapeFrom RAJIR BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – RAPE has reached epic proportions in the conflict-torn South Sudan where government forces and rebel groups are tormenting civilians.
In a horrendous turn of events, 70 percent of women in the capital Juba have been raped since the onset of the civil war in 2013.
Elderly and pregnant women have not been spared. Even aid workers from the United Nations have been raped
Women are being abducted and subjected to sexual slavery by armed groups.
There are no guarantees of safety in refugee camps either as women have been raped.
Survivors also suffer the stigma and shame with husbands leaving them and blaming them for the rape.
They are also ostracised by the community resulting in trauma.
This has also raised concern about the longer-term psychosocial well-being of survivors.
In a country lacking proper judicial structures, traditional leaders fine perpetrators with livestock.
“The scale of gang rape of civilian women as well as the horrendous nature of the rapes by armed men belonging to all groups is utterly repugnant,” said United Nations rights expert, Yasmin Sooka.

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