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  • Interview ‘”We know little, too little”: Mental health of male survivors of sexual violence in Afghanistan’, 10 October 2019

    All Survivors Project (ASP) has recently conducted research on sexual violence against men and boys in Afghanistan, which shows that serious mental health needs of survivors remain unaddressed. Today, on World Mental Health Day we ask Dr Pete Ventevogel, UNHCR Senior Mental Health Officer, his view on challenges to researching and responding to mental health needs of male survivors of sexual violence in conflict and displacement settings.

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  • “UN resolution acknowledges hidden victims of sexual violence in conflict—men and boys”, OGR, 19 June 2019

    On occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 19, 2019, All Survivors Project’s Executive Director discusses the implications of UN resolution 2467.
    Article also available in Spanish.
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  • UN Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Resolution 2467, 23 April 2019

    All Survivors Project (ASP) welcomes the passage of the ninth Women, Peace and Security resolution, UN Security Council Resolution 2467 which introduces new language on a survivor centred approach, reinforces the call for accountability by  strengthening efforts for monitoring and documentation, including by gathering sex-disaggregated data, calls for services to be available to all survivors including men and boys (OP28) and recognises the specific targeting of men and boys in conflict and post conflict settings urging appropriate responses for male survivors including through monitoring (OP32). 

    While welcoming this long overdue recognition of male vulnerability, ASP deeply regrets the omission of an explicit reference to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. ASP is an independent, impartial organisation that conducts research and advocacy and facilitates inter-disciplinary dialogue and learning to improve global responses for every victim/survivor or sexual violence including men and boys in situations of armed conflict and forced displacement. ASP advocates to ensure that increased attention on the issue of male survivors does not detract from, jeopardise the safety of, or otherwise have negative implications for responses for women and girls who are disproportionately affected by sexual violence in situations of conflict. 

     ASP welcomes the increased attention on the issue of sexual violence against men and boys at the Security Council Open Debate—of the 89 briefers at the Open Debate, 36 acknowledged the issue of sexual violence against men and boys marking a 10 % spike from 2017. The 2019 Conflict Related Sexual Violence Report of the Secretary General also showed that monitoring and documentation of CRSV against men and boys by the UN has also shown an increase, from five countries in the 2017 Annual Report to eleven in 2019.

    With only 8 briefers referencing the vulnerability of members of the LGBTI community to sexual violence on account of their sexual orientation and gender identity, the issue was barely recognised despite the knowledge that targeting on the basis of SOGIESC often manifests itself as sexual violence in situations of armed conflict.

    This Open Debate and Security Council Resolution constitutes an important step towards greater recognition of the issue of male sexual victimisation. However, greater and more sustained efforts are needed to ensure that responses to conflict-related sexual violence are inclusive, competent and specific and respond to the needs of all survivors of sexual violence.

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  • Podcast “Overlooked, underserved, ignored: Male survivors of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina” commemorates ASP’s Second Anniversary, 16 December 2018

    On 16 December 2018, ASP commemorated its second anniversary by releasing the podcast ‘Overlooked, underserved, ignored: Male survivors of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ which examines issues identified in ASP’s first research report on sexual violence against men and boys in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) published in May 2017.

    Dr. Janine Clark is a Professor of Gender, Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law at the University of Birmingham. She is primarily interested in rape and sexual violence in conflict, transitional justice, international criminal courts, genocide and ethnic conflict. She is currently working on a five-year project entitled A Comparative Study of Resilience in Survivors of War Rape and Sexual Violence: New Directions for Transitional Justice and uses BiH as one of her case studies. In interview with ASP, Prof. Clark discusses sexual violence against males during the 1992-1995 armed conflict in BiH.

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  • Report and outcome statement from the International workshop on “building knowledge to improve existing service responses for all survivors”, 10 December 2018

    On Human Rights Day, All Survivors Project (ASP) is proud to present a report and outcome statement from a two-day workshop co-organised by ASP and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) which took place in London on 11-12 October 2018 to mark the beginning of a consultative process to build knowledge in responding to conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys. It marked the first ever facilitated dialogue between practitioners in the three focus countries, augmented by the experience and expertise from different institutions, including representatives of UN gender, child protection and refugee agencies, INGOs and academia.

    The joint workshop represented a first step in the development of a research framework which will result in improving medical and mental health responses for all survivors of sexual violence in situations of conflict and displacement. It brought together 22 international humanitarian, human rights and criminal justice practitioners, policy experts, academics and donors, as well as gender, health, protection and child protection experts working in Afghanistan, Central African Republic (CAR) and Turkey.

    The workshop is part of ASP’s broader efforts to support multi-disciplinary and cross-country dialogue and research on sexual violence against men and boys to inform policy and technical efforts.

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    See Workshop Report

  • “The Nobel committee shines a spotlight on rape in conflict,” the Economist, 11 October 2018

    “The Invisibles: Some types of wartime sexual violence are often still overlooked. Me and boys can also be victims. Charu Lata Hogg, the founder of the All Survivors Project, a charity, says that this issue is “a blind spot in law, policy and humanitarian response.”

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  • “Psychological needs of male survivors in the context of the crisis in Syria and Turkey” podcast commemorates World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2018

    All Survivors Project commemorates World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2018, by releasing a podcast on the “Psychological needs of male survivors in the context of the crisis in Syria and Turkey and possible mental health and psychosocial responses” , following ASP’s research on sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey published in early September.

    Professor Renos Papadopoulos is the Director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, a member of the Human Rights Centre, at the University of Essex, Professor at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the same university, and an international expert working with refugees and other survivors of political violence. In interview with ASP, Prof. Papadopoulos discusses the psychological impacts of sexual violence on male survivors, the role of family members during recovery, and adequate and effective responses for all survivors.

    Listen to the podcast here.

  • “A hidden violation—sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey”, OGR ,19 September 2018

    Open Global Rights coverage of All Survivors Project’s report “Destroyed from Wtihin” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

    Article also available in Arabic.

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  • “Syrian men are just as likely to be victims of abuse, but have nowhere to turn for help”, Arab News, 11 September 2018

    Arab News coverage of All Survivors Project’s report “Destroyed from Wtihin” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

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  • Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria, BBC Arabic, 7 September 2018

    BBC Arabic Coverage of All Survivors Project’s report “Destroyed from Wtihin” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

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  • Documentary “No one cares about them” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey, 6 September 2018

    All Survivors Project releases a nine-minute documentary on sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

    See documentary in English and Arabic.

  • Q & A Infographic on sexual violence against men and boys in Syria, 6 September 2018

    All Survivors Project released Q & A on sexual violence against men and boys in Syria following the publication of its report  “Destroyed from Wtihin” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

     

     

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  • “Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in CAR”, ISS, 23 July 2018

    Institute for Security Studies coverage of All Survivors Project’s report “I don’t know who can help” Men and boys facing sexual violence in Central African Republic.

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  • UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, 9 July 2018

    All Survivors Project analyses member state interventions in the recent UN Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict ‘Protecting children today prevents conflict tomorrow’ to assess their efforts in acknowledging the gender specific realities of sexual violence against men and boys in situations of armed conflict.

    Despite the discernible increase in the number of cases of sexual violence against children verified last year, less than one third of UN member states and international organisations who intervened at the Open Debate acknowledged conflict-related sexual violence against children.

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  • “Understanding sexual violence against men and boys in conflict”, Open Global Rights, 19 June 2018

    All Survivors Project Executive Director Charu Lata Hogg discusses the much-neglected issue of sexual victimisation of males in conflict.

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  • Podcast “Medical Care of Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in CAR” commemorates International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June 2018

    All Survivors Project commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 19, 2018, by releasing “Medical Care of Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in CAR”. The twenty-six minute podcast highlights the medical needs of male sexual violence survivors and the challenges they face in accessing care in situations of conflict. The podcast examines barriers faced by male survivors of sexual violence in the Central African Republic following the recent ASP report on sexual violence against men and boys in the country.

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    Press statement in English, French.

  • UN Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict, 16 April 2018

    All Survivors Project analyses member state interventions in the recent Open Debate on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (8234th meeting) which was held on 16th April 2018 to assess progress in acknowledging the gender specific realities of sexual violence against men and boys in situations of armed conflict.

    Over one third of UN member states and international organisations who intervened in the Open Debate referred to conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys which constitutes an 8% increase from the 2017 Open Debate.

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  • UMIRR Director reaffirms need to address conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys, 10 April 2018, Bangui, Central African Republic

    Captain Paul Amédé Moyenzo Director of UMIRR speaks to All Survivors Project during the 2-day workshop in Bangui on April 10th, 11th 2018, and identifies a role for ASP in designing and implementing responses to sexual violence against men and boys.
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  • “Transitional justice in the Colombian peace process and the need to ensure male survivors of sexual violence are not left out”, All Survivors Project, 24 March 2018

    In commemoration of the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and the Dignity of Victims.

    Read in English, Spanish.

  • “Male survivors of sexual violence suffer in silence due to stigma”, IPS, 14 March 2018

    Inter Press Service coverage of All Survivors Project’s report “I don’t know who can help” Men and boys facing sexual violence in Central African Republic.

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