Date
19 September 2017
Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague are co-hosting a conference on ending sexual violence against women, the largest of its kind, in London. Photo: Reuters
Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague are co-hosting a conference on ending sexual violence against women, the largest of its kind, in London. Photo: Reuters

Angelina Jolie: No disgrace in being a rape victim

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said there is no disgrace in being a victim of sexual violence but society must make justice the norm for these crimes.

“We need to shatter that culture of impunity and make justice the norm, not the exception,” she told a conference on ending sexual violence in London Tuesday.

Jolie dedicated the event to a Bosnian rape victim who felt so humiliated by what had happened to her she could not even tell her own son, BBC News quoted her as saying.

“She felt that having had no justice for her particular crime, in her particular situation, and having seen the man who raped her on the streets free, she really felt abandoned by the world,” Jolie said. “This day is for her.”

Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague are co-hosting the conference, the largest of its kind.

Saying rape is one of the “great mass crimes” of modern times, Hague urged more than 140 nations at the summit to include action against sexual violence in their army training.

He called on participants to use their numbers to create an unstoppable momentum against it.

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