The United Nations [UN] has received more than 150 reports regarding cases of sexual violence committed by russian military in Ukraine since February 24, and this is only the “extreme tip of the iceberg,” ukrinform.net reported.
She noted that sexual violence is a crime that is “chronically underreported,” and that “these data only represent the extreme tip of the iceberg.”
According to the special envoy of the UN Secretary General, this is one of the most destructive forms of violence, which during military conflicts is committed mostly against women and girls, but also against men and boys.
“It has lasting, harmful effects on victims, their families, communities, and societies. It shatters lives and livelihoods, with consequences that echo across generations,” Patten stated.
The official noted that very often the needs of women and girls in situations of military conflict are sidelined and “treated as an afterthought.”
“We cannot allow this history of silence and inaction to be repeated in the context of Ukraine. The physical and psychological health of survivors, their families, and communities hangs in the balance. Its restoration will require sustained political resolve and resources to empower survivors and help them replace horror with healing and hope,” Patten concluded.