It is about time we face the horrifying fact that men with a history of sexual violence and domestic abuse are attracted to organisations like Islamic State 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 the full article in Forbes.