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Angelina Jolie Supporting UK Anti-Rape Effort in War Zones

Angelina Jolie Supporting UK Anti-Rape Effort in War Zones

In conflict zones, sexual assault is often nearly as difficult to prosecute as it is to prevent. A new UK-lead effort announced last month will create special “flying squads” to investigate rape cases in these troubled areas and implement a network of victim support services. The proposed system has earned support from actor, director and activist Angelina Jolie.

The Independent reports that the plan will utilize Britain’s G8 presidency next year, to “deliver justice in a form of war crime which had proved notoriously difficult to punish through the international legal system.” The BBC describes the program further, noting that “experts will be trained to deploy at short notice to gather evidence in conflict-hit areas.”

Other G8 members as well as UN powers have pledged support to the efforts, with the possibility of introducing a formal UN resolution.

It’s little surprise that the proposed initiative caught the eye of Angelina Jolie. Jolie, who is a UN High Commissioner for Refugees, has made headlines for championing the cause of ending sexual exploitation in foreign lands. Her 2011 film “In the Land of Blood and Honey” focused on the violence committed against women during the Bosnian war.

Jolie recently spoke about the initiative. She stressed the impact of sexual violence, saying, “Throughout history, rape and sexual violence have been used as weapons of war … And in modern warfare, as women and girls have become primary targets, the problem has grown tremendously.”

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11:38AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Great work Angel, !!! Now what about the hushed-up thousands opf American service women raped in the line of military service in Iraq and AFGHANISTAN ? By all acoounts 40,000 females have been raped by fellow soldiers. Many more unreported for fear of reprisals.

2:11AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Well done Angelina! Highly evolved human! X

12:12PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

I support, admire ,and respect Angelina's efforts !!!!

3:49PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

I support Angelina in her efforts to be part of the solution.

6:02PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

It's a great way to use her celebrity.

2:26PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

I wish the UN and all the other forces would get their acts together to prevent rape. By not prosecuting rape, they are just allowing terrifying and violent criminals go free and laugh at the ineffectiveness of the people who are supposed to be the "good guys."

11:04AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Thanks.

10:58AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

You go Angie!

10:00AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Thanks Ang!

3:55AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

What about the raping of women in Darfur, which was used as a means to cause genocide and change irreversibly the population's composition?

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