How anyone can force themselves upon someone is totally beyond me.
Syrian women’s lives devastated by rape
As the Syrian conflict continues, the incidences of rape and violence against women are steadily rising. Activists are alarmed by the number of lives claimed and broken with impunity.
The United Nations Security Council calls on all parties to armed conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, and all other forms of violence in situations of armed conflict.
In the context of Syria, that resolution reads like a utopian ideal. Human rights activists on the ground say as many as 6,000 women have been the victims of sexual violence since the start of the conflict in 2011, while thousands more have been killed, tortured, abducted, held to ransom or used as human shields. And as things stand, there is precious little prospect of the perpetrators being held accountable for their actions.
Abuse of women in war is as old as war itself. As is the culture of impunity that helps to breed it. But too much is known about the devastating and lasting effects of sexual violence on individuals, families and entire communities to allow warring parties to continue to act at will with no fear of legal repercussions.