Sexual and gender-based violence in Haiti

Benedicte Kurzen

2016

Port-au-Prince, Ouest, Haiti

Sexual and gender-based violence is an overlooked emergency in Haiti. Médécins Sans Frontiers has opened in Port-au-Prince the Pran Men’m Clinic, a facility offering the emergency medical assistance required during the 72 hours following an assault, along with longer-term medical care and psychological support.

Photojournalist Benedicte Kurzen travelled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, seeking to document and showcase the domestic responses to this largely invisible crisis––sexual and gender-based assault in the country. Each portrait documents an intimate moment with girls that have experienced trauma through sexual assault. At the same time, the quietness and beauty of each portrait remind us of the resilience of each girl and the importance of not victimizing them.

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