10:23 12 Apr 2022

Ombudswoman reports on about 25 girls being raped by russian invaders in the basement of a house in Bucha

Ombudswoman Liudmyla Denisova says about 25 girls raped by the russian military during the Bucha occupation of the Kyiv region have been documented

She said this in a comment to the BBC.

According to the ombudswoman, about 25 girls and women aged 14-24 are currently known to have been repeatedly raped by the russian military in the basement of a house in Bucha.

Denisova noted that nine victims were pregnant.

She said women reported sexual assault on hotlines or bots in the Telegram.

However, it's currently impossible to estimate the scale of sexual crimes, as not everyone is ready to speak.

"Most of them are now seeking psychological support, so we cannot record this as a crime if they do not give us their evidence," Denisova said.

If you have witnessed or been a victim of shelling or other crimes in russia in Ukraine, report it to state resources.

If you have suffered sexual violence in the occupied territories, then:

Report the crime to the Office of the Attorney General at:

Telephone line for crimes committed in armed conflict: 096 755 0240 (Viber, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal).

Email [email protected]. The letter must indicate the name and electronic means of communication.

Where to get psychological and legal support?

Contact center for free legal aid: 0 800 213 103 or website www.legalaid.gov.ua

Government Contact Center 1547 or website www.1547.ukc.gov.ua

National Hotline for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Trafficking in Human Beings and Gender Discrimination – 116 123 or www. facebook.com/lastrada.ukraine

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