John Kerry joins calls for end to sexual violence

Associated Press
Angelina Jolie, left, special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and her partner Brad Pitt arrive at the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London, Friday, June 13, 2014. The Summit welcomes governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organizations across the world. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has joined actress Angelina Jolie and Britain's foreign minister in calling for an end to rape and sexual violence in conflict zones.

Addressing the closing ceremony of a four-day London summit, Kerry said it is time to "banish sexual violence to the dark ages in the history books."

He said the issue was personal to him as a war veteran and father of two daughters.

Kerry echoed appeals by Jolie, a United Nations special envoy. She urged those attending Friday to keep lobbying for action against war zone rape, and concluded: "We can and will end impunity."

The summit, billed as the largest gathering ever held on the topic, has drawn hundreds of officials, diplomats, activists and survivors of rape in conflict zones.

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