All Survivors Project's (ASP) mission is to support global efforts to eradicate conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) and strengthen national and international responses through research and action on CRSV against men and boys, including those with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and/or sex characteristics (SOGIESC), as well as other people with diverse SOGIESC.
Rape and other forms of sexual violence are prevalent in most contemporary armed conflicts and, whilst disproportionately affecting women and girls, CRSV involving men and boys has been documented by ASP and others in over 25 different situations of armed conflict, as well as in other situations of political and/or ethnic violence in recent decades. CRSV specifically targeting people with diverse SOGIESC has also been documented, but because of widespread discrimination against these communities and other barriers to gathering data about them, information remains scant.
CRSV can take many forms and is perpetrated by different actors with different motivations but is underpinned by hetero-patriarchal ideologies which determine structures of power and control in specific contexts. In the case of males, CRSV is frequently used to disempower or emasculate victims/survivors and is aimed at punishing, humiliating, terrorising and repressing victims and their communities.
Rape and sexual violence against males by parties to armed conflict (state security forces and armed groups) have been documented during armed attacks, house searches and at checkpoints. ASP’s research also points to situations of heightened risk for men and boys. These include situations of deprivation of liberty, or military contexts where boys associated with armed forces and armed groups are vulnerable to sexual violence by members of other armed forces or groups and may also be forced to commit such acts. In these and other contexts, people with diverse SOGIESC may also be targeted, including to punish real or perceived “non-compliance” with prevailing gender norms.
CRSV or the risk thereof can be a cause of displacement which, in turn, greatly exacerbates existing vulnerabilities and creates new risks, including for men, boys and people with diverse SOGIESC. CRSV in displacement and refugee settings has been documented, including by parties to armed conflict, peacekeepers, humanitarian workers, members of organised crime groups (such as human traffickers), smugglers, community members and others. Separated and unaccompanied children, including boys, are particularly vulnerable in such contexts. LGBTI+ people, in addition to facing discrimination on account of their migratory status, can also face discrimination and violence in displacement settings because of their SOGIESC.
Profoundly damaging physical and mental health consequences, as well social and economic harms, are commonly experienced by sexual violence survivors which typically require emergency medical care and longer-term mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). The implications and consequences of CRSV can differ according to an individual’s gender and other identities. Identities and the broader context in which survivors live can also impact on the availability of and access to appropriate care and support. In the case of male and LGBTI+ survivors, negative social and cultural attitudes toward sexual violence involving males, structural discrimination against people with diverse SOGIESC, and discriminatory laws that criminalise consensual same-sex relations, diverse gender identities and diverse gender expressions, contribute to discouraging disclosure by survivors and to seeking medical care and other support.
Committed to upholding human rights
ASP’s work is guided by international human rights and humanitarian norms and standards; the best interests, dignity and safety of all survivors of CRSV; and principles of non-discrimination.
ASP prioritises the interests and perspectives of survivors, working directly with them wherever possible to inform its research and action and to ensure that their needs and wishes guide efforts to end and respond to CRSV.
Ethical and accountable
ASP upholds ethical approaches in its research, advocacy and other activities and is committed to being accountable, including to the survivors and partners with whom it works, and to women's rights organisations working to respond to CRSV against women and girls.
Independent and impartial
To protect its independence, ASP ensures that all its funding is consistent with its mission and values. ASP preserves its impartiality and does not take sides in armed conflicts.
ASP was founded in December 2016 as an independent research project jointly hosted by the Williams Institute and the Health and Human Rights Law Project, UCLA School of Law. ASP registered as an independent charitable foundation in Liechtenstein in December 2017 and with the Charities Commission in England and Wales in 2020. ASP continues to maintain a strong intellectual partnership with UCLA School of Law and conducts its research following UCLA Institutional Review Board approvals.
Ethical Research and Advocacy
The primary aim of All Survivors Project’s research is to support advocacy for change, in particular for stronger global and national action to prevent and end sexual violence against males and people with diverse SOGIESC in situations of armed conflict and displacement and to ensure better responses for male survivors. All Survivors Project’s research involves documentation of patterns of conflict-related sexual violence against men, boys and people with diverse SOGIESC; recording individual survivor case histories; conducting assessments of the adequacy of medical, psychosocial, protection and legal responses for survivors; and analysis of the effectiveness of protection and prevention frameworks and actions. Research is aimed to result in practical recommendations directed at specific stakeholders on how to strengthen responses and support national and international advocacy by All Survivors Project.
The overarching priority in All Survivors Project’s research and advocacy is the safety, security and wellbeing of survivors and all those participating in the research whether as researchers, interpreters/cultural mediators, research participants or in other roles. Research must be designed to mitigate risks and be closely and continuously monitored throughout.
Current research and all future documentation is conducted within the ethical framework of Institutional Review Board approvals received by UCLA, School of Law. Key aspects of this framework include:
– Receiving informed consent from participants;
– Preserving anonymity, privacy and confidentiality of participants;
– Identifying a referral pathway for survivors
Code of Conduct
All Survivors Project’s work is grounded in principles articulated in our Core Values. It is essential that our commitment to human rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff, volunteers and other representatives.
The Code of Conduct provides clear guidance and principles that all our staff, volunteers and other representatives are required to respect, in addition to providing examples of conduct that will always be unacceptable. It is the responsibility of each individual involved in All Survivors Project’s work to ensure that our behaviour is consistent with our values and principles.
Where are you located?All Survivors Project Foundation has its financial headquarters in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The Project has a strong intellectual partnership with the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law and UCLA, Health and Human Rights Law Project. All Survivors Project Foundation personnel, which include staff and consultants, are based in London, Barcelona, Rome and Los Angeles. The organisation has an international Board of Advisors which is based in New York, Geneva, Brussels, Cape Town and Los Angeles.
How do you decide which countries to focus on?All Survivors Project monitors conflict affected countries and regions and takes into consideration the scale and severity of human rights abuses committed, particularly those involving sexual violence in order to decide which countries to focus on. The safety and security of researchers and research participants is a key consideration in deciding on the choice of countries, as is our ability to ensure that we can access reliable information in a survivor-centric approach.
Who relies on your reporting?All Survivors Project presents research on sexual violence against men and boys and those abused on account of their sexual orientation and gender identity in situations of conflict and displacement to policy makers, humanitarian organisations, donors, government representatives and civil society organisations at the national and international level.
Who funds All Survivors Project?All Survivors Project is predominantly funded by institutional donors (states and their governments) and UN agencies. Key supporters are the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Principality of Liechtenstein, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the German Federal Foreign Office.
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Volunteer Research Intern - CLOSED• Six-months voluntary internship with a one-month probation period; • Expected to work remotely, preferably from the United Kingdom– flexible working hours, 10 hours per week; • Regular meetings with designated ASP staff supervisor; • To apply please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by 25th February.
Closing date: February 25, 2019
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Volunteer Communications Intern - CLOSED• 6-month internship • Expected to work remotely (preferably from London) – flexible working hours, 10 hours per week • To apply please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by 11th November • Interviews on the week of the 12th November. Internship begins week of 19th November.
Closing date: November 11, 2018
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Head of Research - CLOSEDThe Head of Research will lead and manage a program of high-quality research, including by developing appropriate research methodologies for ASP’s work to ensure that its reports and other outputs are informed, effective and in keeping with the organisation’s ethical standards for research. ASP seeks a creative and strategic thinker with a powerful voice, strong experience in engaging with the media, and substantive experience on research in human rights issues. A strong background in International Humanitarian Law is important. The Head of Research is responsible for developing effective research, advocacy and communications strategies for maximum impact in upholding gender inclusivity in sexual violence responses globally, and for ensuring that these strategies inform the work of the entire organization which seeks to document the sexual victimisation of men and boys in situations of conflict and displacement. The Head of Research will have the most senior public-facing role for ASP’s work in conflict situations, and will oversee research and advocacy staff.
Closing date: June 24, 2018
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