A clinic for women victims of sexual violence in the DRC, where, according to estimates, one in two victims of such violence is a minor.
Rape and other forms of sexual violence increase dramatically with conflict.
In a survey conducted in 2009 by the ICRC on the impact of conflict on civilians, 36% of the respondents in the DRC cited sexual violence as a major concern. This is exceptionally high compared with the findings in the other seven countries where a similar survey was carried out.
Armed groups can use rape to torture, injure, extract information, degrade, displace, intimidate, punish or simply to destroy the fabric of the community. The fate of children born from rape can be dire, with relatives sometimes rejecting or even killing them.