Angelina Jolie and William Hague told the committee IS is using rape as 'the centerpoint of their terror'
Angelina Jolie has warned that ISIS is using rape as a weapon of war and “the centerpoint of their terror”.
‘They are dictating it as policy, beyond what we have seen before,’ said the Oscar-winning actress, who was appearing before a House of Lords committee on sexual violence in conflict alongside former Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Drawing on more than ten years experience as a UN envoy, Angelina recalled meeting 13-year-old girls from Iraq who had been raped repeatedly and were bought and sold for as little as $40 (£26).
The mum of six highlighted the severity of this edict from the Islamic extremist group: ‘It is a very effective weapon and they are using it as a centerpoint of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families, and attacking and dehumanising.’
‘I think the most important thing to understand is what it’s not. It’s not sexual, it is a violent, brutal terrorising weapon.
‘Unfortunately it is everywhere, in and out of conflict in every country basically. I can’t think of one where there is not this issue.’
William Hague, who co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict with Angelina in 2014, made three salient points during the hour-long session.
Firstly, he emphasised that “this subject is one where it is possible to succeed”, before stating that putting an end to the practice of rape as a weapon of war