UN URGES SOUTH SUDAN TO CURB SEXUAL VIOLENCE

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Added On July 11, 2018

 A United Nations official has urged warring parties'leaders in South Sudan to take urgent steps to prevent violence against women and children,as well as to hold perpetrators accountable.

 
Lifestyles went to find out more.
 
It is estimated that thousands of women and girls have suffered rape and abuse, since civil war erupted across Sudan in 2013.
 
According to Pramila Patten,  UN's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the abuse has been deployed as a psychological weapon.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) PRAMILA PATTEN, UN Special Representative
"Rape and other forms of sexual violence are clearly a consistent, systematic feature of the conflict that has been used as a tactic of war to displaced population to disperse and instill fear within particular ethnic group."
 
Patten started her five-day visit on Tuesday to the world’s youngest nation, as part of a “solidarity” mission between the high-powered U.N. and African Union.
 
Patten credits the government for acknowledging the “massive” scale of sexual violence it has across the country. However, she said there is still a long way to go, to make rape seen for the crime it is.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)PRAMILA PATTEN, UN Special Representative
"I think that, right now, we are at the stage where it is cost free to rape, where it is cost free to rape a child of four years old, or it is cost free to rape a woman whatever her age and sex violence as a result has been fueled and exacerbated by this deep culture of impunity and hence addressing impunity and reversing this culture of impunity is critical."
 
While thousands of Sudanese women crave justice, many are too afraid to report their crimes. Especially for when those in charge, are also the attackers.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):PRAMILA PATTEN, UN Special Representative
"We are dealing with a crime which is very unreported for all the reasons that I have outlined. Stigma, lack of access to justice, where do you go to report and who do you report to when soldiers in uniform have raped you and the stigma which all the women I met today told me that they had not reported."
 
The U.N. official called for urgent action, saying that ending sexual violence in South Sudan is critical to building lasting peace.