Sarah Petrin is the author of Bring Rain: Helping Humanity in Crisis. She served as a humanitarian aid worker for over 20 years in 20 countries with United Nations agencies, the Red Cross, and nongovernmental organizations. She has advised governments and military organizations on the protection of civilians and prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in war zones.
An excerpt from “Me Too: A Global Crisis,” chapter 6 of Sarah Dawn Petrin’s book BRING RAIN: Helping Humanity in Crisis
As an international relief worker whose career spans 20 years and 20 countries, I’ve worked to address many problems caused by war, disaster, and disease. But the one that has confounded me the most is sexual violence, which affects one in three women globally.
In order to end the cycle of violence against women, it’s important to understand why sexual violence is taking place.