Girls and women have the right to be free from rape wherever they are; the problem is not just where they live. However, the conditions in Haiti for women living in internally displaced camps substantially heighten their risk.
For the survivors it was the initial primeval instinct for life that shocked stopped hearts into beating. Haiti has had a massive coronary and, collectively damaged, is operating at a fraction of its normal output.
Though there are no statistics on rape during the 10 weeks since the earthquake, reports abound. For women and girls, Haiti's nonfunctioning justice system and inadequate policing is a deadly combination.