In 2017, the ICRC continued to carry out activities to address the consequences of sexual violence through a multidisciplinary approach, and to advocate the prevention of such abuses. Its activities encompassed ensuring that victims of sexual violence had access to medical care and psychological and psychosocial support; engaging with weapon bearers, authorities and other pertinent parties in dialogue on their obligations to protect civilians from abuse; and pursuing humanitarian diplomacy efforts to include the prevention of sexual violence in the agenda of the international humanitarian, diplomatic and political communities. At field level, several ICRC delegations continued, stepped up and/or initiated activities to help people affected by sexual violence to receive the assistance they required. Many of these activities aimed to ensure that victims of violence, including sexual violence, had access to appropriate health services. ICRC delegations also implemented projects in the framework of the community-based approach, in order to raise awareness of the consequences of sexual violence, inform people of the services available to victims, and help vulnerable communities and individuals to develop or reinforce their coping mechanisms and avoid risks to their safety.