Eileen Servidio


Although historical statistics on the number of victims of rape and other sexual violence during armed conflict can neither be gathered nor relied upon, one may feel safe in saying the number of these types of crimes did not diminish in the 20th century. Nor has the 21st century begun in a manner that gives much hope for a rapid reduction. Sexual violence in armed conflicts has even been said to increase, in spite of the different international conventions signed to eliminate it and in spite of the creation of international courts that have handed down decisions, equating these acts with the worst of international crimes.