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UN urges all Iraqis to accept ISIS rape survivors and their children

Rudaw reports:

A United Nations advocate for survivors of sexual violence has urged Iraqis from all backgrounds to accept women who have suffered at the hands of ISIS and to shun stigmatization and provide support for survivors and their children.

“I urge all relevant stakeholders to ensure the return of women and girls from Daesh captivity in safety and dignity; to welcome them back into their communities; to support them in healing and reintegrating back into the community and to address all their human rights protection needs, in particular those of children born to survivors of rape,” Pramila Patten, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SVC), stated in a report published Tuesday

Patten also commended the efforts of religious leaders who have issued fatwas and public statements to protect survivors of sexual violence and encouraged the acceptance of their children.

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