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Sexual Violence

Women gather to collect water at the Yusuf Batil refugee camp in Upper Nile, South Sudan, July 4, 2012.

Victims should seek medical help immediately.

Sadly, sexual attacks on women occur in many circumstances, in many communities.
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And the victims are not at fault. Sexual violence is a serious crime. Individuals that have been attacked should seek immediate medical attention. In addition to pregnancy, there are psychological dangers and the risk of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. That’s why victims should seek medical help immediately. Physical and psychological trauma must both be treated quickly. It’s also important that people do not blame the victims. Hopefully, with family and community support, the healing can begin.