Trauma and Economic Impact


Sexual violence in conflict can create such trauma, especially when left untreated and when it occurs in societies in which survivors feel stigma, that there are severe economic impacts. Reparations for crimes and financial support for those who cannot work have been integral, and often unresolved, parts of the development of judicial response to these crimes. The complexities of these reparations can be quite deep, as the logistics of how they are paid, who pays them, and how much anonymity can be provided to those who need payments but do not want others to know that they qualify for such payments for fear of additional stigmatization. 

This is not feminism on my part; it’s simply recognizing that women are the backbone of society. This is why we try to give women the means to take charge of their lives.
— Dr. Denis Mukegwe, Panzi Hospital