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Author: Maggie Fick and Rebecca Brocato

U.S. Leaders Spotlight Rape in War

In the Senate hearing yesterday morning, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) used her allotted time to discuss the disastrous and destabilizing effects of sexual violence and the use of rape as a weapon of war in Darfur. Furthermore, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) spoke with emotion about the difficult conditions that women are forced to endure in Darfur's IDP camps. During a recent trip to Darfur, Corker said that he observed "women confined to small spaces," living in fear of attacks and further violence, and unable to leave the camps to collect firewood. Numerous senators asked Special Envoy Gration about how the ...