Syria is undergoing a crisis, a civil war some call it, but Syria is also having a rape crisis. Jackie Blachman-Forshay is an epidemiologist graduate student at the School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is the lead researcher for Women Media Center's Women Under Siege Project. Her research on sexualized violence in Syria has been highlighted in the Atlantic, the New York Times and has been presented to the United Nations.
Women Under Siege is a journalism project that investigates how rape and other forms of sexualized violence are used as tools in genocides and conflicts throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century. They have created a crowd-sourced map documenting sexualized violence in Syria.