Rape has been used as a tool of war, in Bosnia, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and countless other conflicts and now, in Syria. Many experts believe because of the social taboos around rape, the number of cases of rape in Syria has been underreported.
Manal Omar is associate vice president of the Center for the Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She’s spent the last year talking with Syrian women, some of whom have been raped. She joins us to discuss how the epidemic of sexual assault is changing the way Syrian women feel about the conflict.
PHOTO: A Syrian refugee woman who fled violence in Syrian city of Ain al-Arab, known also as Kobani, sits inside her tent in a camp in the border town of Suruc, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)