The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is pleased to announce the publication of a new study: “It’s Happening to Our Men as Well”: Sexual Violence Against Rohingya Men and Boys. This is the first in-depth look into sexual violence perpetrated against Rohingya men and boys in Myanmar and in Bangladesh. The intersections with violence against Rohingya women and girls are also explored. This is the first of a three-country exploratory study.
Findings are based on discussions with 109 Rohingya men, women, and adolescents in 21 focus groups in Kutupalong Camp in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh, and interviews with 45 humanitarian aid workers.
In addition to women and girls, Rohingya men and adolescent boys appear to be targeted for conflict-related sexual violence in Myanmar. Although the magnitude remains unclear, the findings suggest that this violence may be common, particularly as a precursor to execution.
Services for male and female survivors in Cox’s Bazar require urgent strengthening. No services or protection mechanisms, for example, were identified for Rohingya with diverse sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
It is hoped that these findings and recommendations help service providers in Cox’s Bazar bolster sexual violence prevention and response efforts for Rohingya refugees. WRC looks forward to ongoing partnerships to advance the health and well-being of refugees and forcibly displaced persons, including all sexual violence survivors, around the world.