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In some detention centers in Damascus, detainees say sexual abuse focuses on men, to draw confessions that they were involved in protests or information about other activists.
Syrian government forces and pro-government militias, known as Shabiha, have been using sexual violence to torture men, women, and boys as young as 12 in detention, Human Rights Watch said Friday.
The New York-based group interviewed 10 former detainees, including two women, who described being sexually abused or witnessing sexual abuse in detention, "including rape, penetration with objects, sexual groping, prolonged forced nudity, and electroshock and beatings to genitalia".