Biden Orders Change In Assault Guidance For War Zones

( On Monday, President Joe Biden will sign a memorandum to bolster existing efforts to address sexual abuse in war zones, such as those found in Ukraine and Ethiopia.

The goal of the Memorandum on Promoting Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence is to ensure that this form of violence is given the same level of consideration as other severe human rights violations by utilizing sanctions and other tools for accountability for the perpetrators and to leverage different tools for accountability.

It is timed to coincide with the international ministerial conference on preventing sexual violence in conflict hosted by the United Kingdom and will begin on Monday.

According to a statement released by the White House, conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is “a crime that is far too frequently overlooked and underreported.” The White House also stated that the memorandum was issued “at a time when CRSV persists with impunity around the world,” including in Russian-occupied Ukraine and Ethiopia.

According to estimates provided by the United Nations, there are between ten and twenty instances of rape that are not documented for every documented occurrence.

According to a statement released by the White House, “The United States does not accept CRSV as an inevitable cost of armed conflict,” and the nation is “committed to supporting survivors through all available measures,” including legal, policy, diplomatic, and financial instruments, to prevent future acts of violence.

The memorandum will also seek to form a coalition of partners and international organizations with the goals of preventing sexual assault in conflict zones and promoting accountability for those responsible for it.

This year, the United States will pay an additional $400,000 to the Office of the United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary-General on CRSV, an increase from the regular contribution amount of $1.75 million. In addition, the State Department plans to work toward the goal of allocating a total investment of ten million dollars over the next two years to projects that investigate and document acts of CRSV in locations such as Burma, Ukraine, and Sri Lanka.