Rape as a weapon: why war's 'oldest, most silenced' crime is on the rise

Atrocities reported in Israel, Iran, Sudan and Ukraine as global conflicts bring increase in sexual violence

An Israeli soldier wipes her tears as she stands with fellow troops in front of pictures of people taken captive or killed by Hamas militants during the Supernova music festival on October 7
Israel has accused Hamas militants of rape and sexual violence during the 7 October attacks
(Image credit: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty)

The Israeli government has given evidence to the United Nations claiming Hamas militants used rape and sexual violence against women during the 7 October atrocities.  

First responders and mortuary workers described multiple signs of sexual assault and torture on female bodies, the BBC reported, including mutilation, inserted objects and broken pelvises. Videos of naked and bloodied women being paraded around Gaza have circulated online. 

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