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It’s a sobering reminder that rape is often used as a weapon of war: an initiative called Women Under Siege is tracking reports of sexual violence against women in Syria as the ongoing uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime continues.
“We are gathering reports of rape, sexual assault, and groping—as well as the consequences of sexualized violence, including mental health issues and pregnancy. By utilizing Ushahidi crowdsourcing technology, which allows survivors, witnesses, and first-responders to report via email, Twitter (#RapeinSyria), or directly to the site, we are able to get these stories to you in real time,” the organizers of the project write.
Here is a list of reports they’ve rounded up so far on violence against women.
Additionally, users can report cases of human rights violations, outside of sexual violence.