Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys in Conflict and Forced Displacement: Implications for the Health Sector

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Sarah Chynoweth, Julie Freccero, Heleen Touquet
Publication Date
December 11, 2017
Publication Type
Journal Article
Conflict, Health and Human Rights Program, Public Health


Sexual violence against men and boys is commonplace in many conflict-affected settings and may be frequent in relation to forced displacement as well. Adolescent boys, forming the majority of unaccompanied minors globally, are a particularly vulnerable group. Yet sensitised health services for adult and adolescent male sexual violence survivors are scarce, and barriers to accessing care remain high. We describe current challenges and gaps in the provision of health care for male survivors in settings affected by conflict and forced displacement, and provide suggestions on how to improve service provision and uptake.