Sexual Violence

Since the outbreak of the armed conflict in Yemen in late 2014, Mwatana for Human Rights has documented dozens of incidents of sexual violence committed by parties to the conflict in various Yemeni governorates. Conflict-related sexual violence remains one of the most disturbing violations of human rights. However, monitoring and documentation processes can never provide a complete image of the extent of this gross violation, due to the stigma attached to victims of sexual violence by the surrounding community. By "sexual violence," we mean any act of forcing someone to engage in sexual activity against their will, using violence, coercion, threats, or exploitation through the use of economic or cultural means. Sexual violence can take the form of rape, attempted rape, or physical or verbal harassment. It should be noted that the majority of victims and survivors of sexual violence are girls, women, and male children.