- Sexual violence is largely a hidden epidemic, writes Yasmeen Hassan
- And this issue is not confined to developing nations, she says
Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of advocacy group Equality Now. She previously worked on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the United Nations secretary general's study on violence against women. Follow her on Twitter. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)The horrific gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in a slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by at least 30 people has once again brought the issue of sexual violence into the international spotlight. Images of the drugged, naked and unconscious girl were subsequently posted on social media, fueling national outrage. But the survivor has spoken about her doubts that she will be able to obtain justice.