More than one in three men surveyed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's war-torn east admits committing sexual assault, and three in four believe that a woman who "does not dress decently is asking to be raped", researchers have found. Some The findings show that sexual violence is much more than a weapon of war, activists said, and reflect widespread acceptance of patriarchal norms and rape myths. They also pointed to Congo's incendiary mix of conflict, poverty and weak law enforcement as causal factors in need of urgent redress. A total of men and women aged between 18 and 59 took part in individual interviews and focus group discussions in June this year. The self-reporting of men is particularly unusual and striking. Almost two-thirds agree with the statement that "women should accept partner violence to keep the family together", and almost a third endorse the view that "a woman who is raped has provoked this by her attitude".
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In the mornings, she sashays through the dusty streets, clutching a frayed parasol against the blinding sun. Yvette and her friends are also called kidogo usharatis, Swahili for small prostitutes. They loiter outside the camps of U. I can't go farm because of the militias. Who will feed me? I am obligated," Yvette said. She and the other teenage girls interviewed for this article agreed to be identified provided only their first names were used. But at least they paid us. I was worthless anyhow. My honor was lost.
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Girls suffered sexual violence and other abuses when armed groups attacked hundreds of schools during the Kasai conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack GCPEA in a report released today. Others were recruited and forced to fight with the militia. Often, they were placed on the front lines armed only with a broom or kitchen utensil, because they were believed to provide magical protection to the whole unit. Many children are believed to have been killed by the Congolese armed forces, including many girls who were being used by the armed groups as human shields. FARDC, as well as the Kamuina Nsapu militia, used schools for military purposes, thereby compromising the civilian status of the schools and making them a legitimate target of attack. Women and girls continue to suffer from the aftermath of the violence in the Kasai region. Although both boys and girls had their education interrupted, girls often found it more difficult to return to school, GCPEA found. The conflict exacerbated the precarious economic situation of many families in the region. Families are also more likely to keep their daughters home because of fears for their safety and the risk of sexual violence.
The decision by a Boston judge about the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act is potentially monumental. Alexis Sclamberg explains why social progressives and Tea Party activists alike are tensely watching for word of an appeal. Three female radio reporters in Bukavu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, have received death threats via a cell phone text message. Now catch our dedicated coverage of the situation. The acute crisis of sexual violence in eastern Congo is being tied to illegal mining interests in the region, which help finance the warring and competing factions that are perpetrating a worsening rape epidemic. Military operations and rebel reprisals in eastern Congo have fueled a rise in sexual violence this year, but perpetrators face minimal consequences. An effort to drive out rebel groups has only contributed to the problem.