Angelina Jolie is speaking out for those who are afraid to do so themselves.
The Maleficent star, who is a UN special envoy, kicked off the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London Tuesday. The 39-year-old Oscar winning-actress and mother of six is co-hosting the four-day conference with her frequent collaborator, William Hague, England's Foreign Secretary.
"It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict," Jolie said. "There is nothing inevitable about it. It is a weapon of war aimed at civilians. It is nothing to do with sex, everything to do with power. It is done to torture and humiliate innocent people and often very young children. I have met survivors from Afghanistan to Somalia and they are just like us, with one crucial difference: we live in safe countries with doctors we can go to when we are hurt, police we can turn to when we are wronged, and institutions that protect us. They live in refugee camps or bombed-out streets in areas where there is no law, no protection and not even the hope of justice. They struggle to keep their children safe, and if they admit to being raped, they are likely to face more violence and social rejection."