University of Leicester researching new ways of collecting DNA from victims of sex crimes in conflict zones

“In regions experiencing armed conflict, it is well documented that sexual violence is used strategically by armed groups against communities, families, and individuals. Although the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war is prohibited by international criminal law, these cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute, often because of a lack of available evidence. Forensic examinations of victims are often not carried out due to a lack of access to medical facilities, lack of trained medical and police professionals, and safety and security concerns.”

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/uol-nmf092815.php

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