Although cases of sexual violence have been undercounted during some wars, during others, such as the ongoing unrest in Libya, they have been vastly overcounted. To understand the real magnitude and impact of the problem, researchers and politicians need to be more careful about how they get their numbers and how they present them to the public.
AMBER PETERMAN is a Gender and Development Specialist and Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. DARA KAY COHEN is Assistant Professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. TIA PALERMO is Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University. AMELIA HOOVER GREEN is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Yale University and a consultant to U.N. Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict.