ABSTRACT

‘I told him not to touch me and begged him to let me go… I told him to take me to my mother. I was a young girl, and I asked him, “What do you want from me?” He spent three days having sex with me’. 1 These are the words of a 12-year-old Yazidi girl in northern Iraq. Islamic State fighters have heavily targeted women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority, subjecting them to brutal crimes – including rape 2 – and often forcing them to become sex slaves. 3 As these crimes continue to occur, reports have emerged of the widespread use of rape against women in the escalating conflict in South Sudan; 4 of sexual abuses committed by members of the Burmese military; 5 and of conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine, primarily in places of detention. 6