TORONTO, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ - World Vision's senior policy advisor for peacebuilding and humanitarian affairs, Jonathan Papoulidis, said:
"World Vision is encouraged by Minister Baird's announcement of funding for victims of sexual violence in conflict areas - particularly because this funding addresses both prevention of and response to these horrific violations. Also, by working on this issue with other G8 countries, we are optimistic there will be more coordination and thus greater support for survivors, particularly children."
"We see the devastating consequences of sexual violence on girls, boys, women and men in places like the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Afghanistan. Addressing these consequences is not enough. If these funds can be used for innovative responses and deeper understanding of this complex and heinous crime, they can make dramatic improvements in the way current peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts are conducted to protect innocent children, women and communities that are living with the constant threat of sexual violence."
"We look forward to learning how the Canadian government will spend this $5 million it committed. When it comes to response, physical support is only one dire need - mental, social and legal supports are also critical. Survivors are often rejected by their communities as unclean or damaged, deepening the trauma of sexual violence. In many cases survivors do not seek help for fear of being ostracized by their families and communities. Funding must address the broad needs of survivors."
"Canada has an opportunity to lead the G8 countries supporting this work to address the unique needs of boys and girls who are survivors of sexual violence. Many strategies being used to respond to the needs of adults wouldn't work for children. Children are already so vulnerable in areas of conflict that sexual violence and inadequate support is leaving them devastated."
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SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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