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article imageAngelina Jolie urges UN to address 'war zone sexual violence'

By Layne Weiss     Jun 24, 2013 in World
New York - Actress Angelina Jolie pleaded with members of the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution that would punish perpetrators of sexual violence during times of war and protect the victims.
Jolie, a special envoy for refugees urged the world's nations to make the fight against war time rape a top priority, The Associated Press reports.
She told the Security Council Monday that "hundreds of thousands, if not millions of women, children, and men, have been raped in conflicts in our lifetime."
Some of these girls are "raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child, causing fistula," she explained according to Newsday. Boys are held at gunpoint and "forced to sexually assault their mothers and sisters," and women are raped with bottles, wood branches, and knives to cause as much drama as possible."
Jolie put the ball in the Security Council's court by telling them they have the power to make a difference. "You set the bar," she told them according to The Associated Press. "If the council sets rape and sexual violence as a priority, it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, the horror will continue."
Jolie's speech came a few days after meeting with refugees at the Syrian border on June 20, World Refugee Day.
In March, Jolie visited warzone rape victims in DR Congo.
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