Solidarity Statement from SEMA, the Global Network of Survivors of Sexual Violence

On this very day, one year ago – February 24, 2022 – Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the war. This invasion caused tens of thousands of deaths, including women, the elderly, and children. All of them have been and continue to be raped and killed.

The SEMA Network stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, doing as much as we can to help people out. It seeks to stop the injustices, call them out and help victims of conflict-related sexual violence. We won’t stop our work in helping hopeless and helpless women and victims.

We, survivors of sexual violence around the world, have been on that horrible traumatic road and know very well what the women of Ukraine are going through. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine; we are here for you all. Together we can change the path of tragedy into a path of humanity.

This is the message of SEMA, the Global Network of Survivors of Sexual Violence: “Please help stop the war in Ukraine. Stop the war on women’s bodies. Please make the world a better place. We know that right now women, girls and children who are frightened and threatened need our voices, need our support, need our shoulders, need our strength. We STAND in SOLIDARITY with you!”