Rape as a weapon in Syria
Both men and women are victimized by sexual violence, according to reports by Amnesty International and the United Nations, though so few people report rapes that it is impossible to know how many people have been affected. Human Rights Watch fears that the extent of these violations may be underestimated in some cases and, in other cases, exaggerated in order to encourage people to arm themselves.
However, according to a HRW researcher who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak on the subject, it has been confirmed that rape is being used as a method of torture against men and women in Syrian prisons. The researcher also mentioned reports of sexual assault against women when the army raids houses in search of wanted men or weapons.