This project is not only an idea whose time has come but also an idea whose time is long overdue in coming. At the centre of leaving no child left behind should also be the conscious effort to address sexual violence against boys.
Benyam Dawit Mezmur
Former Chairperson, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child — Vice Chairperson of the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
My experience in Bosnia and other conflict situations shows that gender based violence against men and boys is even more of a taboo than against women and girls. This seems to be the main reason why there is not enough data available in this respect
UN Expert leading global study on children deprived of liberty. Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment (2004-10)
I have no doubt that sexual violence and abuse against males is one of the most neglected, under-researched and often misunderstood issues. This project fills a gaping need.
Senior Research Policy Advisor, Amnesty International, — Former Deputy Director, Protection Division, OHCHR-Nepal
Sexual violence is a scourge that must be combatted regardless of gender. This long overdue project seeks to ensure that boys and men are not left out.
Executive Director — Human Rights Watch
Sexual violence against men and boys has been documented by the UN and national bodies in the following conflict situations.
This list also includes information on sexual violence against boys and men in countries where it is reported to have contributed significantly to human rights violations in the context of widespread political and ethnic violence (Kenya), as a means to intimidate perceived opponents of the government (Argentina, Chile and South Africa) or to pursue government policies (Cambodia).
All Survivors Project (ASP) is an independent, impartial, international organisation that conducts research and advocacy and facilitates inter-disciplinary dialogue and learning to improve global responses for every victim/survivor of sexual violence including men and boys in situations of armed conflict and forced displacement. Through our work with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and with male survivors of sexual violence, we seek to ensure that conflict-related sexual violence is prevented and that the rights of all victims/ survivors, including men and boys, are fulfilled, and the dignity of all survivors is respected and protected.
The global response to sexual violence in situations of conflict and displacement has until now focused on the plight of women and girls. Men and boys are also affected and, in some cases, directly targeted in sexual violence. So far, an inclusive response on the issue of sexual violence in situations of conflict and displacement is lacking. Current research efforts on this issue are sparse, and few programs offer services directly addressing the needs of male survivors.
A culture of silence prevails preventing male survivors from coming forward, and impunity for sexual violence against men and boys continues to be widespread. When acknowledged male sexual violence is typically framed as a form of torture or ill-treatment rather than sexual violence.
This is a pioneering fact-finding effort into sexual and gender based violence against men and boys across situations of armed conflict and displacement.