As part of a 2010 project organized by KAFA, one woman photographed herself with the whip her husband used to torture her.
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Two months ago, Fatima (not her real name) was subjected to a horrifying act of violence at the hands of a man.A couple of years ago, having such a tailored experience involving specially trained professionals would have been rare for survivors of rape, domestic abuse or other forms of gender-based violence in Lebanon.Since 2012, UNICEF and Abaad, a Middle East-based group that promotes gender equality, have trained up more than 150 people.They plan to conduct another 15 training sessions this year covering about 300 different people, as well as provide refresher courses for previous attendees. To remedy this, the U.N. Population Fund last year provided an extra 17 hospitals and primary health care centers all over Lebanon with post-rape treatment kits that also included emergency contraception and STI medicine, covering the potential needs of more than 1,000 survivors.All of these extended services have been made possible by the increase in money available, NGO and aid workers say, largely due to the rolling media coverage of the plight of Syrian refugees.
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