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Angelina Jolie says 'no shame' in being rape survivor

Published on Jun 11, 2014 12:35 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said on Tuesday that a global summit to end sexual violence in wars must send the message that there is "no disgrace" in being a rape survivor and that "the shame is on the aggressor".

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said at the opening of the four-day conference in London that it was only a "weak or inadequate man" that abuses women - a statement that drew cheers from the crowd.

The conference is the fruit of a two-year campaign by UN special envoy Ms Jolie and Mr Hague, who have visited the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bosnia to meet victims of rape during wars.

In her opening remarks to the End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit, Ms Jolie said she and Mr Hague had met a woman in Bosnia who was still too ashamed to tell her son that she had been raped.

Actress and campaigner Angelina Jolie leaves 10 Downing Street after meeting Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron in London June 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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