File - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters after his briefing to the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Ukraine on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)
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A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts, from Afghanistan and Central African Republic to Myanmar and Syria.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's report, launched Thursday, says there is now unprecedented political momentum globally to end conflict-related sexual violence, but more action is needed regionally and nationally to respond to these crimes.Bangura said perpetrators almost never face justice, and survivors often don't get help to recover physically and rebuild their lives.In several conflicts, she said, her office has discovered a link between sexual violence and "the economic drivers of war" whereby armed groups use rape strategically to gain control of territories with valuable natural resources.
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