This map layer shows those countries in which the use of sexual violence against the civilian population or soldiers either within or outside of its borders has been proven since the end of World War II until 2016.

Example of how to read the map:

Since the end of World War II rapes have been perpetrated within Russia’s borders during times of war.


  • Bastick, Megan; Karin Grimm and Rahel Kunz (2007)

    The data are mostly based on the book „Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, Global Overview and Implications for the Security Sector“ by Megan Bastick, Karin Grimm and Rahel Kunz. BICC has complemented and updated the data on wartime rape from other sources. Due to the difficulty of obtaining reliable data on the use of sexual violence (rape) in wars and conflicts, this data set does not claim to be complete.

  • Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs / PRIO - Peace Research Institute Oslo

    The Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC) Data Set is the most current and complete data set presenting reports of conflict-related sexual violence perpetrated by armed forces (state armed forces, rebel groups or paramilitary forces) for 1989 to 2014. The data set contains information on incidences, group of perpetrators, victims, kind of sexual violence used, time and location of the reported incidences. The data for the SVAC data set have been supplied by the US State Department, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

  • United Nations Security Council

    The United Nations Security Council is an institution, which espouses for peace and security. It is constituted of five permanent (China, France, United Kingdom, Russia, United States) and ten non-permanent members, which are elected by the UN General Assembly every two years. The UN secretary General informs the Security Council in an annual published report about the occurrence of sexual violence in conflicts and gives recommendations for action.


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