Last week, Reuters reported that the U.N. Security Council demanded “that warring governments and factions act to halt violence against women, saying rape was no longer just a by-product of war but a military tactic.”

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who chaired part of the session, told the council the world had now recognized that sexual violence during conflicts went beyond individual victims to affect nations’ security and stability.
Echoed by a string of speakers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the 15-nation council the problem had “reached unspeakable and pandemic proportions in some societies attempting to recover from conflict.”

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