All Survivors Project
Sexual Violence Can Strike Anyone
The global response to sexual violence in situations of conflict and displacement has, until now, focused on the plight of girls and women. Boys and men are also affected, and in some cases, directly targeted in sexual violence. So far, an inclusive response on the issue of sexual violence in situations of conflict and displacement is absent.
Information on the patterns, severity and scale of sexual and gender based violence against boys and men in situations of conflict and displacement is lacking. Current research efforts on this issue are sparse, and few programs offer services directly addressing the needs of male survivors. A culture of silence prevails preventing male survivors from coming forward, and impunity for male sexual violence continues to be widespread. When acknowledged male sexual violence is typically framed as a form of torture or ill-treatment rather than sexual violence.
This is a pioneering fact-finding effort into sexual and gender based violence against boys and men across different situations of armed conflict and displacement. This project will produce a series of national situational analysis reports on sexual and gender-based violence against boys and men, provide recommendations to improve the protection of survivors, and inform the global response to sexual violence.
All Survivors Project provides research to improve the global response to every survivor of sexual and gender-based violence in situations of conflict and displacement. We document cases of abuse against boys and men to supplement work on girls and women to support a global response that includes all victims of violence. We are an independent, international research project working with individuals and organizations to strengthen communities by upholding the dignity of each individual.
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation