“An initiative announced [Thursday] in London by the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized countries to ramp up the fight against rape and other sexual violence in conflict represents ‘a beacon of light and hope’ for the countless survivors around the world,” the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura said at the launch of the Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence, the U.N. News Centre reports (4/11).