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Sexual violence is a universal issue that demands international recognition. The United Nations (UN) was founded to protect the equality of all people, regardless of who they are or where they live. According to the World Health Organization, 35% of women on earth - 1.3 billion people - are sexual violence survivors, equivalent to the entire populations of North America and Europe, combined. Rape is an epidemic.

Yet, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has never passed a resolution focused solely on sexual violence survivors’ rights. Around the world protesters are marching to demand recognition and justice for survivors who are denied basic rights and access to justice.  For the first time in history, an UNGA Sexual Violence Survivors’ Rights Resolution would enshrine that survivors’ rights are fundamental human rights.


United Nations: Worldwide Survivors’ Bill of Rights

Right to equality under the law

Right to survivors’ advocacy

Right to terminate all legal ties with the assailant

Right to continue education and schooling following sexual violence

Right to report sexual violence and obtain forensic medical evidence without cost to the survivor

Right to informative rape kit procedures and notification

Right to the retention of all rights regardless of whether assault is reported to law enforcement

Report by the UN Secretary General on sexual assault survivors’ rights

The United Nations Resolution includes: