Help Scarce for Refugee Rape Victims in Jordan
November 4, 2008
Iraqi women living as refugees in Jordan are more vulnerable to rape due to their illegal status, yet emergency contraceptives and post-exposure prophylaxis drugs to reduce the likelihood of contracting HIV are unavailable there. That was the message delivered Monday by Sarah Chynoweth of the New York-based Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, who spoke during a visit to Amman, Jordan's capital. She could not, however, provide statistics on how widespread the problem is: Many women are fearful of reporting sexual assaults, and data on the crimes are scant in the conservative Muslim country.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.