Pitt joins Jolie at summit against sexual violence

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US actress Angelina Jolie, right, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, embraces her partner US actor Brad Pitt, left, as they view photographs of victims of violence at the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London, Thursday, June 12, 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, pool)

US actress Angelina Jolie, right, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, embraces her partner US actor Brad Pitt, left, as they view photographs of victims of violence at the ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ summit in London, Thursday, June 12, 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, pool)

LONDON (AP) — Brad Pitt joined Angelina Jolie at a London summit on sexual violence Thursday, lending the couple’s star power to the campaign to end rape in war zones.

The four-day London conference is organized by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Jolie, a United Nations special envoy.

They hope representatives of the more than 100 countries present will back a new protocol laying out how sexual violence in conflict zones should be investigated and prosecuted. They say they want to end the “culture of impunity” for wartime sex crimes.

Pitt watched from the audience as Jolie and Hague spoke to delegates at the east London conference venue.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, centre, US actress Angelina Jolie, right, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and US actor and Jolie's partner Brad Pitt, left, arrive at the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London, Thursday, June 12, 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)

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, centre, US actress Angelina Jolie, right, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and US actor and Jolie’s partner Brad Pitt, left, arrive at the ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ summit in London, Thursday, June 12, 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)

Billed as the biggest-ever summit on the subject, the gathering has drawn diplomats, officials, charity representatives and survivors of wartime rape.

Jolie said the meeting, which ends Friday, was being held “for all the forgotten, hidden survivors who have been made to feel ashamed or been abandoned.”

“And for the children of rape — we want the whole world to hear their stories and understand that this injustice cannot be tolerated, and that sorrow and compassion are not enough,” she said.

Hague and Jolie have made an odd but effective double act as they’ve campaigned against sexual violence for the past two years.

Hague said the “Maleficent” star “has the power to speak to the whole world, to raise awareness, change attitudes. Governments like the one I am a member of hold in their hands levers of decision-making and action.

”And this combination can be formidable.”

US actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and her partner US actor Brad Pitt, listen to testimonies of victims of violence at the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London, Thursday, June 12, 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, pool)

US actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and her partner US actor Brad Pitt, listen to testimonies of victims of violence at the ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ summit in London, Thursday, June 12, 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, pool)

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