Aug. 16, 2018

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University (LISD) and All Survivors Project have released the report, "Building a Gender Inclusive Response to Conflict Related Sexual Violence," summarizing key findings from a workshop convened at Princeton University in May 2018. This workshop brought together academics, policy makers, and key UN and NGO actors and aimed to facilitate discussions around the multi-disciplinary themes of violence prevention, gender and law, and feminist theory to better understand the dynamics of and responses to male sexual victimization in conflict situations. This report summarizes the content of the off-the-record working sessions, highlighting the main takeaways from each.

The workshop report is divided into three main sections. The first section addresses the current understanding and knowledge of sexual violence against men and boys, the existing gaps in research and responses, and the rationale for further work around this issue. The second section focuses on how international legal instruments have excluded male victims, how sexualized torture has been used in conflict situations to inflict deep humiliation on collective and individual gendered identities, and the co-relation between sexual violence against men and boys and violence mitigation. The third section of the report discusses potential applications of feminist scholarship and theory to advance responses to male sexual violence to ensure they are effective and inclusive.