UNHCR publishes Guide on Working with Men and Boy Survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Forced Displacement

Friday, October 4, 2013

UNHCR published a Guide on Working with Men and Boy Survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Forced Displacement. The Guide emphasizes that sexual violence and rape can be used as a weapon of war against men as well as women, that it is inflicted on men as a means of disempowerment, dominance and undermining concepts of masculinity, discussed triggers for survival sex. The Guide further provides with a number of indicators for identification of survivors. In addition to the above, the Guide seeks to understand the needs of men and boy survivors, makes suggestions on building trust during interviews and urges all interested parties to examine and challenge their own assumptions and stereotypes about gender, including male (in)vulnerability to sexual and gender based violence and the harm it causes.

For a relevant blog post please visit: Free Movement Blog: UNHCR guidelines on survivors of male rape and sexual violence

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