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Sexual Violence a Continuous Threat in Haiti, Amnesty International Says


An earthquake survivor prays with children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Nov 2010 file photo)

An earthquake survivor prays with children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Nov 2010 file photo)

Amnesty International says sexual violence against women in Haiti is increasing one year after a deadly earthquake forced hundreds of thousands of people into makeshift shelters with little or no security.

Amnesty said in a report Thursday the offenses are primarily committed by armed men roaming tent camps at night.

The rights group says more than 250 rapes occurred in camps in the first 150 days after last January's earthquake.

Amnesty is urging the newly elected government to include the topic of sexual violence in its plan to address the humanitarian crisis. The group says women should have input in developing an action plan.

The rights group says immediate assistance should include security in the camps and help for police investigating cases.

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