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Photographer: Sarah Fretwell
Title: The Truth Told Project - Democratic Republic of Congo
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

A young teen who was attacked to her way to the water source waits to interview with COPERMA in North Kivu, DR Congo. The situation is so bad that one girl or woman is raped every minute. With all of the problems facing the DRC, rape is only a symptom of a larger societal breakdown. Most of the women and girls never make it to the hospital and there are few (if any) mental health services. Young girls who are raped are considered undesirable for marriage, so many girls hide the fact they have been attacked out of a legitimate fear that their future will be devastated.

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