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Sexual Violence against Men in Conflict

Evidence is proliferating to show that sexual violence against men (SVAM) in conflict is widespread. Although there is much debate about sexual violence against women, SVAM is under-researched.

Indeed, efforts to understand its causes and develop strategies to reduce it are hampered because it is manifestly under-theorised: the assumption often is that SVAM is the same as SVAW and the issue is simply one of recognition. But the relationship between these two forms of violence raises a number of complex and controversial questions, including how they might be different and why and how such differences might matter.

In order to advance knowledge, the Centre has conducted research and debates including: