Israel, Europe
Orit Sulitzeanu


“Sexual violence is a social epidemic that is not showing any signs of slowing down. In Israel, one out of every three women will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime, and 1 out of every 7 girls will be a victim of incest. Sexual violence is horrific – involving inconceivable social, economic and personal prices. Furthermore, sexual violence involves a veil of silence and victim blaming, so that the victim herself is seen as responsible for the assault she had to endure. The state has great responsibility in eradicating sexual assault – the damage of sexual assault is caused to our children, our women, our sisters and our brothers – and if an enormous, shared effort on the local and global level is not done, we will not be able to eliminate this difficult phenomenon. Creating a binding norm and cooperation between organizations globally is critical to promoting the fight against sexual violence. It is inconceivable that in the 2000s half of the world’s population is under threat to its very existence, only on the basis of their gender. The threat on the integrity of the body and the soul, and often by those they are acquainted with, rather than strangers, adding to the trauma. It is impossible to accept this reality and we must join forces to create legal and consciousness-raising tools to stamp out this phenomenon. I am in favor of a global binding norm on VAW.”

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