November 7, 2008
Senator Clinton Calls for Stronger Protections for Women and Girls in Conflict Areas After Brutal Stoning Death of Somalian Rape Victim
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today decried the stoning death of a 13-year old rape victim in Somalia and urged the United Nations (UN) to strengthen its efforts to protect girls and women in conflict situations. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Senator Clinton called on the international community to do more to prevent such tragedies.
“The recent stoning death of a 13-year old rape victim in Somalia is shocking, unconscionable, and unacceptable. I am deeply disturbed by reports that when this girl turned to local authorities for assistance following her rape, she was denied protection and instead was accused of adultery and publicly executed in a stadium full of bystanders,” Senator Clinton said. “The situation in Somalia is perilous, and girls and women face increased risk of violence and sexual assault. A case like this one is doubly tragic because a young girl was murdered by those whose help she sought. We cannot allow any such incidents to go unchallenged, and I would urge our government to work with the United Nations to help ensure that the protection of girls and women is given high priority in conflict situations.”