"If you don’t respect your women in peacetime, you cannot protect them in conflict," says Zainab Hawa Bangura, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict.
According to a U.N. report released Wednesday, more than 3,600 women, children and men were subjected to rape and other sexual violence in Congo over a four-year period. About half of the attacks were by rebel groups and half by government forces. The victims ranged in age from 2 to 80 years old, and 73 percent were women, 25 percent were children and two percent were men.
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