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What is it?

Rape is a crime of sexual violence that occurs without the consent of the victim. Around the world, rape is used to oppress, dominate, and control women and girls. More and more frequently, rape is used as a weapon of war.

What’s the impact?

Survivors of rape suffer serious physical, psychological, and economic damages. Women and girls in conflict zones around the world live under the constant threat of rape, and it has come to be seen as a instrument of torture. The crime is prevalent in every corner of the globe. In United States alone, someone is raped every 6.2 minutes.

What protections are available?

An immigrant woman or girl who is a victim of rape may be eligible for asylum or other legal protections, such as a U visa. Learn more about what we’re doing to protect survivors of rape and other sexual violence.