Conflict-related sexual violence is a war crime
Conflict-related sexual violence is a war crime -Statement by Women’s Information and Consultative Center (Ukraine). With the beginning of the large-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, our Women’s Information and Consultative Center (WICC) began preparing to work with survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV). We already had experience in this area, since we were the first to start collecting data on these crimes in the Donetsk region in 2015, after the temporary Russian occupation of the cities of Kramatorsk, Sloviansk, and Druzhkivka. In 2022 the first reported cases did not take long to appear, as the occupiers began to come into direct contact with the Ukrainian population, and the issue became publicly known after the liberation of Kyiv, Sumy and Chernihiv regions.