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Sexual Violence 'a Tactic of War,' UN Council Says

Sexual Violence 'a Tactic of War,' UN Council Says

Olivia Ward

In Sudan, girls as young as four are raped by rebel forces and government-backed militias. In Democratic Republic of Congo, women are sexually mutilated by roving gangs. In Burma, they are systematically raped as part of a military offensive.

Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council agreed that sexual violence against women and girls in war zones is a threat to international stability, opening the way for action against countries that condone or promote atrocities.