Stories / Gallery: Quake rape epidemic in Haiti
Women and children as young as 2, already traumatized by the loss of homes and loved ones after the Jan. 12 catastrophe, are now falling victim to rapists in the sprawling tent cities that have become home to hundreds of thousands of people. Rape was a big problem in Haiti even before the earthquake and often was used as a weapon in times of political upheaval. The earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 people has made women and girls even more vulnerable. Since losing their homes many are forced to sleep in flimsy tents or under tarps. They've lost male protection with the deaths of husbands, brothers and sons. Most of the attacks go unreported because of the shame, social stigma and fear of reprisals from attackers.