MembersComplex PTSD and released Israeli hostages

Victims speak of the rape of young women in captivity, including eye-witness accounts. “Hamas turned us into puppets on a string.”

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: Gaza, Hamas
Released Israeli hostage Aviva Segal (center). Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90
Released Israeli hostage Aviva Segal (center). Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90

The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel released a comprehensive report documenting all of the rapes, gang rapes and other forms of sexual violence that Hamas committed against Israeli civilians on October 7 and afterwards.  They noted: “Information about gender-based and sexual assaults that occurred during captivity began to accumulate with the return of hostages to Israel.  Unlike incidents that occurred in other arenas, where many of the victims were murdered, these assaults were perpetrated against individuals who are hopefully still alive.”

In the report, Chen and Agam Goldstein, a mother and her teenage daughter who were kidnapped from Kfar Aza and released after 51 days in captivity, noted that they encountered at least three female hostages who suffered from sexual assault during captivity.   Aviva Segal, also kidnapped from Kfar Aza, spoke of the rape of young women in captivity, including witnessing a woman who immediately after getting raped was taken to the bathroom: “Hamas turned us into puppets on a string.”

 

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