As we recognise this week’s International Day of the Girl, we must face the horrifying fact that men with a history of sexual violence and domestic abuse are attracted to organisations like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) precisely because of its systemic use of rape and slavery as a form of terrorism.
Sexual violence by extremist groups is central to recruiting, retaining and rewarding fighters – as well as punishing disbelievers. The sexual exploitation of girls alongside human trafficking has helped to consolidate Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria. It is used to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating prohibited, into the organisations on the promise of women.
Read more in The Telegraph.