Harrowing Video Launched As Part Of Campaign To End Sexual Violence In Conflict

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict takes place in London next week.

1. The Foreign Office has released a powerful video highlighting its ongoing campaign to end sexual violence during periods of conflict.

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2. The 16-year-old narrator of the clip, entitled “Don’t believe the thumbnail, this video is the stuff of nightmares”, calls for those responsible to be brought to justice and says it is time to let governments know “enough is enough”.

Foreign Office / Via youtube.com
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3. The animation, produced with creative agency Don’t Panic, has been released a week before the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict takes place in London.

Foreign Office / Via youtube.com

The three-day summit is being held in the ExCel Centre and chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie.

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4. A social media campaign has also been launched calling for global action, with embassies around the world posting #TimeToAct pictures on Twitter.

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5. Next week’s summit is the largest-ever gathering on the subject of sexual violence in conflict, with over 145 governments and NGOs taking part.

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6. The event will focus on agreeing action to remove impunity for the perpetrators of crimes of sexual violence during periods of conflict.

#TimeToAct on ending sexual violence in conflict. 10-13 June London summit @end_svc. Great support from Iceland

— Stuart Gill (@HMAStuartGill)
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7. It will also try to develop international coordination and provide support for survivors.

Tokyo helps tell the world it's #TimetoAct to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Share pics using #TimeToAct @end_svc

— BritishEmbassy英国大使館 (@UKinJapan)
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8. From Tuesday morning there will be 84 hours of action around the world highlighting the campaign, including illuminating iconic landmarks.

@UKinCameroon joins #TimeToAct

— UK in Cameroon (@UKinCameroon)
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@ukiniraq DHMA Mark Bryson-Richardson joins the campaign #TimeToAct

— British Embassy (@UKinIraq)
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HMA James Watt supports Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict @end_svc! #TimeToAct is now. Share a photo of your own!

— UK in Egypt (@UKinEgypt)
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We must work together to counter mythology that rape is an inevitable consequence of war #timetoact @ukinaustralia

— Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP)
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Join the Global Pledge to 'End Sexual Violence' with your picture with #Timetoact Tweet it to us and @end_svc #UAE

— UKinUAE (@ukinuae)
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.@UKinMalaysia believes it's #TimeToAct against #sexualviolence in conflict @end_svc

— UK in Malaysia (@UKinMalaysia)
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We in #Helsinki believe it is #TimeToAct against sexual violence in conflict! @end_svc

— UK in Finland (@ukinfinland)
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.@end_svc It's #TimeToAct to end #sexualviolence in conflict. #Houston doing its part to tell the world

— Britain in Texas (@UKinTX)
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Help us tell the world that it is #TimeToAct to end #sexualviolence in conflict. Share a photo using #TimeToAct

— UK in India (@UKinIndia)
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Chicago's @DivvyBikes featured in our #TimeToAct against #sexualviolence pic - just in time for Women's Bike Month!

— UK Consulate Chicago (@UKinChicago)
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.@SimonManleyFCO and his family against sexual violence in conflict @end_svc #timetoact

— UK in Spain (@ukinspain)
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.@end_svc Staff here in #Canada have answered your call. It's #TimeToAct to end #sexualviolence in conflict -

— UK in Canada (@UKinCanada)
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Lebanese NGO @womeninfrontlb: helping tomorrow's women leaders - and supporting @end_svc #TimeToAct

— UK in Lebanon (@ukinlebanon)
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#TimeToAct folks! So say the cast of @HiddenFCO - come to @end_svc @WilliamJHague & @FCOHumanRights June 10-12,London

— Adam Morris (@morris_adams)
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23. The British high commissioner and defence minister in Sierra Leone recently took part in a 10-mile march against rape and sexual violence. The first lady and the vice president were also involved.

HC Peter West and Defence Minister Conteh out in front #TimeToAct #SierraLeone

— UK in Sierra Leone (@UKinSierraLeone)
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24. As well as the main summit, a fringe event is also taking place at the ExCel Centre from Tuesday.

Team #timetoact photo in front of Big Ben. Proud to be working on @end_svc summit

— Rosie Childs (@Rosiechilds)
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25. The events are all free. Here is the full programme.

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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