Stop hunting children!: Report on sexual violence committed against children and adolescents in the armed conflict in Colombia
This report is the result of a research process developed by the Campaign: “Rape and other Violence: Leave my Body Out of the War” with the purpose of making visible the particular affects on children and adolescent victims of sexual violence committed in the context of the Colombian armed conflict.
This research has been developed based on two complementary methodological approaches. The first had the goal to quantify the number of children and ado- lescent victims of sexual violence in Colombia in the framework of the armed conflict and based on this process to identify and evaluate the avai- lable information systems, records and statistics that exist regarding this phenomenon. The second was a qualitative-situational methodological approach used to analyze the dynamics of sexual violence committed against children and adolescents in the framework of the armed conflict in various regions of Colombia.
Based on the existing information systems, the research study carried out a review of the records and databases available related to sexual violence in armed conflicts for the period from 2008 to 2012 and has conducted a series of in- terviews in the field that provide an insight into the problem of sexual violence committed aga- inst children and adolescents under the age of 18 years within the context of the armed conflict. With the results that were obtained, the study also aims to: generate a tool that can be used for advocacy and discussion purposes to increase the visibility of this phenomenon; demand progress in the articulation of the existing information collection systems; and provide a warning regarding the way in which information is being collected by these systems.
The report concludes that 48,915 girls, boys and adolescents are registered as victims of sexual violence during 2008-2012. This means that in Colombia 27 children are vicitims of sexual violence on daily basis.
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