The Silence I Carry: Disclosing Gender-Based Violence in Forced Displacement

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Kim Thuy Seelinger, Julia Uyttewaal
Publication Date
September 1, 2018
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Over half a million displaced people journey north from Central America and through Mexico every year. Many suffer multiple forms of sexual gender-based violence (SGBV), including rape, transactional sex, forced prostitution, sex trafficking, and sexual assault. Though few reliable statistics exist, different studies estimate that 24% to 80% of women suffer some form of sexual violence en route, along with 5% of men and 50% of gay and transgender individuals. And yet very few survivors report the harm they have suffered.


The Spanish version of this report can be found here.