Syrian boys caught in 'vicious cycle' of sex abuse: UN
Date Written: 07/12/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Syrian men and boys, in their war-torn country and abroad, have suffered "a vicious cycle" of sexual abuse with more devastating consequences than previously reported, according to the United Nations new report "We Keep it in Heart".
In its new report, "We Keep it in our Heart," the UN's refugee agency said it had documented widespread sexual violence against Syrian males, including those seeking refuge.
"There have been documented reports of how Syrian women and girls have suffered sexual violence and displacement. However, this particular issue is a lesser known element of this grim story -- the male survivors, the boy survivors," said UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic.
"The results are clear. There is a vicious cycle here," he told AFP.
Based on input from 196 refugees and interviews with 73 humanitarian personnel, the report says sexual abuse has been a "disturbing" feature of Syria's nearly seven-year conflict.
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