Sexual violence in the context of war and displacement – what do we mean by this?
This abstract term relates to a multitude of forms of violence. There is also great variation in who the perpetrators are, where and to whom the violence is exercised, and the intention behind it.
Survivors, affected men, victims
These terms are often used for people who have experienced violence. Some prefer the term "survivor". It emphasizes that someone has experienced disturbing or traumatic events, but that they also survived these events. The term foregrounds the strength and resilience of those affected.
Consequences for survivors
The consequences for those affected are often very stressful
We distinguish between physical, psychological, social and sexual consequences, although these cannot always be clearly separated from each other.
Taboo and stigma
The topic of sexual violence is a taboo in many societies
A taboo signals a boundary of socially shared rules and expectations. When sexualised violence is committed, a taboo is broken, a boundary is crossed.
Breaking the silence
We would like to point out in advance: It is not fundamentally bad to keep your own experiences of violence to yourself. For many of those affected, this is part of their personal processing. Each survivor should decide for himself if and when he feels ready to confide in someone.
However, if you are affected yourself, there are really good reasons to talk to a trusted person about what happened to you and also to seek professional support.
„Sexual violence against men in the context of war and forced displacement”
We are currently conducting a study on the topic of "Sexual violence against men in the context of war and forced displacement". Here we briefly present the study.
Symposium on conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys
October 6-7th 2022 we hosted a conference on "conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys" in Hannover.
You can find our conference program here: