Sexual Violence

Rape as weapon

MAGNA provides medical assistance, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and psychosocial and social support for patients who have been victims of sexual violence.

In an environment with a higher incidence of sexual violence, such as conflict zones or refugee or resettlement camps, our field teams care for victims of sexual violence. MAGNA staff works in the community on raising awareness of the problem of sexual violence, informs community members of the possibility of using care provided by MAGNA workers, and propagates social and psychosocial support.

Rape and other forms of sexual violence are often widespread in conflict environments, where they are used to humiliate, punish, control, and instil fear, but also as a tool of community destruction. They can even be used to reward fighters or motivate soldiers. But there are millions of victims of sexual violence in a stable environments too. In these cases, the perpetrators are often acquaintances or family members of the victims.

Treatment comes first

Post-contact prophylaxis (PEP) is a form of preventing HIV infection, provided to victims of rape within 72 hours of its occurrence. For maximum effectiveness, contraception should be immediately administered to the victim. Antibiotics serve to prevent sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis or gonorrhoea, and vaccinations for tetanus and hepatitis B. The care package also includes treatment of physical injuries and psychological support.

MAGNA operates specialized programs to treat victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The issue of sexual violence is also part of our women's health projects in Lebanon, Cambodia, South Sudan, Iraq, and Syria.

Every year your donations cover thousands of treatments and vaccinations.

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