Sexual Violence in the Arab World

Sexual violence affects everyone: refugees, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ individuals, and the privileged alike. Considered a taboo in the Arab World, sexual violence persists in many spaces, both unexpected and the familiar — as a secret within families and as a crime against humanity in war.

Yet, the lack of discussion and education around sexual violence in our communities exacerbates the problem further, often leaving survivors feeling lonely, even guilty. This panel will bring together pioneering therapists and activists to discuss sexual violence in the Arab World, both at home and in displacement, to unpack the struggle at hand and present current efforts to bring healing and justice.