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Why Widespread Sexual Violence Is Likely in Ukraine

April 06, 2022
Ragnhild Nordås


In analysis for Political Violence At A Glance, an IGCC-supported blog dedicated to political violence and its alternatives, Ragnhild Nordås, Assistant Professor of political science at the University of Michigan, analyzes the risk and prevention of sexual violence in Ukraine.

Sexual violence has not received much attention in the coverage of the war in Ukraine. However, reports of cases of sexual violence by Russian or pro-Russian soldiers are just starting to appear. Some human rights organizations in Ukraine have already warned about this risk. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba recently claimed that Russian soldiers have committed rapes. Norway’s representative Mona Juul recently issued a warning about sexual violence in Ukraine in the UN Security Council. As a researcher on wartime sexual violence, this warning is merited.

Research on wartime sexual violence suggests that a wave of cases of sexual violence is likely underway in Ukraine. These are the main reasons why research indicates we can expect a wave of cases of sexual violence.

Read the full blog post at Political Violence At A Glance.