Helping Ukraine’s sex-crime survivors

The growing numbers of Ukrainian women recovering from sexual violence at the hands of Russian forces need support, protection and legal aid, writes Hrystyna Kit.

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The scale of sexual violence used by Russian forces in Ukraine has slowly been emerging. Alongside it has been a steep legal learning curve in how to respond to the survivors of these crimes.

Using sexual violence as a weapon of war has been a hallmark of Russian forces when they take over any Ukrainian village, town or city. It doesn’t matter how long they occupy these territories. Once these places have been liberated, we hear of repeated cases of rape, sexual torture, forced nudity, sexual threats and the like.

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