Syrian men are just as likely to be victims of abuse, but have nowhere to turn for help

TRIPOLI, LEBANON - JUNE 29: A teen walks down a street in a market on June 29, 2013 in Tripoli, Lebanon. Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city, has suffered from the spillover of Syria's two-year-old war. In the past month alone, over 30 people have been killed in Tripoli in battles between pro-Syrian government partisans against those supporting the Syrian rebels. Currently the Lebanese government officially hosts 546,000 Syrians with an estimated additional 500,000 who have not registered with the United Nations. Lebanon, a country of only 4 million people, is now home to the largest number of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict. The situation is beginning to put a huge social and political strains on Lebanon as there is currently no end in sight to the war in Syria. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Arab News reports:

LONDON: Of all the many horrors of the war in Syria, it is the one least spoken about, even by its victims. Perhaps especially by its victims.

Sexual violence is not a new phenomenon in war, but it is generally assumed to be directed at women and girls. However, a newly published investigation reveals that in Syria, the victims of torture by rape and sexual assault are just as likely to be men and boys.

Yet such is the stigma and so complex the reasons for that stigma, that their suffering is almost completely unacknowledged, let alone reported.

“There are no organizations that take care of them, and men don’t talk,” said one aid worker.

Instead they suffer in silence, their wounds — both physical and psychological — left untreated.

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