Girls Bear the Shame

More than one year after the election of a pro-democracy government, the Women’s League of Burma (WLB) has found that women and girls continue to experience alarming rates of sexual violence in Burma at the hands of both State actors and private citizens.1 According to police records, sexual abuse of young children are the most common rape cases.2 Perpetrators may be neighbours, teachers, monks, military personnel, police officers, village administrators and family members; and survivors include girls as young as three years old. WLB considers rape committed against minors to be especially heinous, yet these young  survivors continue to face challenges accessing justice and recovering from the trauma of these experiences.