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.

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

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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".

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.

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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.

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

Colombia is taking a stand against sexual violence #TimeToAct @end_svc

Embajada Británica@UKinColombia

Colombia is taking a stand against sexual violence #TimeToAct @end_svc

11:00 PM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

HMA Hamish Cowell & Lt Cmdr Mark Redmayne, the commanding officer of HMS Blyth, say it is #TimetoAct.

UK in Tunisia@UKinTunisia

HMA Hamish Cowell & Lt Cmdr Mark Redmayne, the commanding officer of HMS Blyth, say it is #TimetoAct.

3:55 PM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

9:53 PM - 31 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

5:54 AM - 31 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

From Tuesday morning there will be 84 hours of action around the world highlighting the campaign, including illuminating iconic landmarks.

@ukiniraq DHMA Mark Bryson-Richardson joins the campaign #TimeToAct

British Embassy@UKinIraq

@ukiniraq DHMA Mark Bryson-Richardson joins the campaign #TimeToAct

1:26 PM - 01 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

HMA James Watt supports Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict @end_svc! #TimeToAct is now. Share a photo of your own!

UK in Egypt@UKinEgypt

HMA James Watt supports Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict @end_svc! #TimeToAct is now. Share a photo of your own!

9:51 PM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We must work together to counter mythology that rape is an inevitable consequence of war #timetoact @ukinaustralia

Julie Bishop@JulieBishopMP

We must work together to counter mythology that rape is an inevitable consequence of war #timetoact @ukinaustralia

5:50 AM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Join the Global Pledge to 'End Sexual Violence' with your picture with #Timetoact Tweet it to us and @end_svc #UAE

UKinUAE@ukinuae

Join the Global Pledge to 'End Sexual Violence' with your picture with #Timetoact Tweet it to us and @end_svc #UAE

4:25 PM - 01 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@UKinMalaysia believes it's #TimeToAct against #sexualviolence in conflict @end_svc

UK in Malaysia@UKinMalaysia

.@UKinMalaysia believes it's #TimeToAct against #sexualviolence in conflict @end_svc

6:34 AM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We in #Helsinki believe it is #TimeToAct against sexual violence in conflict! @end_svc

UK in Finland@ukinfinland

We in #Helsinki believe it is #TimeToAct against sexual violence in conflict! @end_svc

2:02 PM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@end_svc It's #TimeToAct to end #sexualviolence in conflict. #Houston doing its part to tell the world

Britain in Texas@UKinTX

.@end_svc It's #TimeToAct to end #sexualviolence in conflict. #Houston doing its part to tell the world

7:32 PM - 30 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Help us tell the world that it is #TimeToAct to end #sexualviolence in conflict. Share a photo using #TimeToAct

UK in India@UKinIndia

Help us tell the world that it is #TimeToAct to end #sexualviolence in conflict. Share a photo using #TimeToAct

8:15 AM - 30 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Chicago's @DivvyBikes featured in our #TimeToAct against #sexualviolence pic - just in time for Women's Bike Month!

UK Consulate Chicago@UKinChicago

Chicago's @DivvyBikes featured in our #TimeToAct against #sexualviolence pic - just in time for Women's Bike Month!

11:12 PM - 30 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@SimonManleyFCO and his family against sexual violence in conflict @end_svc #timetoact

UK in Spain@ukinspain

.@SimonManleyFCO and his family against sexual violence in conflict @end_svc #timetoact

6:28 PM - 31 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@end_svc Staff here in #Canada have answered your call. It's #TimeToAct to end #sexualviolence in conflict -

UK in Canada@UKinCanada

.@end_svc Staff here in #Canada have answered your call. It's #TimeToAct to end #sexualviolence in conflict -

4:10 PM - 30 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Lebanese NGO @womeninfrontlb: helping tomorrow's women leaders - and supporting @end_svc #TimeToAct

UK in Lebanon@ukinlebanon

Lebanese NGO @womeninfrontlb: helping tomorrow's women leaders - and supporting @end_svc #TimeToAct

10:00 AM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#TimeToAct folks! So say the cast of @HiddenFCO - come to @end_svc @WilliamJHague & @FCOHumanRights June 10-12,London

Adam Morris@morris_adams

#TimeToAct folks! So say the cast of @HiddenFCO - come to @end_svc @WilliamJHague & @FCOHumanRights June 10-12,London

11:17 PM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

6:04 PM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

5:07 PM - 29 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The events are all free. Here is the full programme.