Angelina Jolie Warns That ISIS Uses Rape as Weapon
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The active campaigner against the use of sexual violence in conflict says ISIS is using rape 'as a center point of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families.'

AceShowbiz - %cAngelina Jolie% addressed ISIS' rape policy during a meeting with U.K. parliament on Tuesday, September 8. The special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned that ISIS uses rape as a weapon of war and urged a "very strong response."

"The most aggressive terrorist group in the world today knows what we know, knows that [rape] is a very effective weapon and [ISIS is] using it as a center point of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families and attacking, destroying and dehumanizing," Jolie told the parliament.

Jolie who is an active campaigner against the use of sexual violence in conflict admitted that she's very limited "as an artist" and asked politicians to do more. "For all of that good will, it's wonderful, but laws need to change, policies need to change, governments and leaderships need to come together and that will make the real change," she said.

Nevertheless, the "Maleficent" actress reminded the parliament to be aware that what ISIS did wasn't a mere sexual action but a serious terror. "The most important thing is to understand what it's not - it's not sexual, it's a violent, brutal terrorizing weapon and it is used unfortunately, everywhere," she added.

Later on, Jolie recalled meeting a 13-year-old Iraqi girl who was repeatedly raped along with her friends and later sold for $40. "They told me that what was even worse than the physical violence, was that they then had to stand in rooms and watch their friends be sold, and to hear about what they were worth," she said. "Were they worth $40? Fifty dollars? What was their value?... It made her question what she was worth."

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