“Do You Know What Happens Here?” An Analysis of Survivor Accounts of SGBV in Syria

Since 2014, SJAC has increased its efforts to access survivors of SGBV and document their experiences in an attempt to address the gaps in knowledge and understanding of how SGBV was being perpetrated in Syria. As a result, SJAC’s Documentation Team and partners have collected interviews from 56 survivors and witnesses of SGBV and from 16 survivors of various forms of forced nudity in detention. This report is the result of an in-depth analysis of SJAC’s collection of first-hand interviews aiming to identify patterns among the incidents reported by survivors. The results of SJAC’s analysis are remarkably similar to other reports about SGBV in Syria, including findings from the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI), all suggesting that such abuses are widespread, systematic, and officially sanctioned.