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The UK Government is calling for international action to address the problem of sexual violence in conflict.

The Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative was launched by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy for Refugees Angelina Jolie in 2012. It is working to replace the culture of impunity for sexual violence committed in conflict with one of deterrence - by increasing the number of perpetrators brought to justice both internationally and nationally; by strengthening international efforts and co-ordination to prevent and respond to sexual violence; and by supporting states to build their national capacity. #TimetoAct
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Sexual violence is used in conflict as a way to humiliate and destroy communities. A culture of impunity means that millions of women, children and men who have survived sexual attacks in war rarely see any form of justice, and perpetrators are able to commit these horrific crimes without fear of any consequences. 

In May 2012 the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague and UN Special Envoy for Refugees Angelina Jolie launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative in London. On 24 September 2013 they will call on members of the United Nations to sign a new Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence, containing political and practical commitments to end these abhorrent crimes.

We need to create an irreversible global momentum to shift the stigma of shame from survivors to perpetrators. By adding your voice, calling for members of the United Nations to sign up to this Declaration you are sending a strong message to politicians around the world that now is the time to end the use of rape as a weapon of war.

You can find out more about the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative at http://preventsexualviolenceinconflict.tumblr.com and by following @FCOHumanRights #TimeToAct



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