Bringing Down the Gavel

‘Just’ rape? It’s a crime against humanity, says UN

The UN has passed a resolution labeling wartime rape a crime agains humanity in an effort to prevent a historically overlooked yet chronic problem. While there are systems set up to support rape victims, not enough is being done to prevent rape, says actress and longtime refugee advocate Angelina Jolie. She appeared before the Security Council, telling officials that if they “set rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority it will become one.” Under the new measures, the UN will increase  efforts to monitor sexual violence and process rapists through their justice system, as well as counting rape as a contributing act of genocide.

Read it at CBS News

June 24, 2013 5:21 PM