Butcha, Irpin, Hostomel… By regaining control of these towns northwest of kyiv, the Ukrainians, and with them the rest of the world, discovered the horror. The withdrawal of Russian forces bringing to light their abuses. Hundreds of bodies, some of them tortured. Survivors tell of the nightmare of those days of occupation. Very quickly, the first stories of rapes, committed by Russian troops. Érick Maurel, public prosecutor of Nîmes and author of Violence against women, legal and judicial aspects (Éditions Enrick B, 2021), recalls that rape is “a method of warfare” found in many conflicts.
Point : In your essay, you mention rape and sexual violence as “weapons of war”. Can you explain to us?
Consult our file: War in Ukraine