Conflict-related sexual violence and the policy implications of recent research

Citation:

Wood, Elizabeth Jean. 2014. “Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Policy Implications of Recent Research.” International Committee of the Red Cross 96 (894): 457–78.

Author: Elizabeth Jean Wood

Abstract:

Scholars increasingly document different forms of conflict-related sexual violence, their distinct causes, and their sharply varying deployment by armed organizations. In this paper, I first summarize recent research on this variation, emphasizing findings that contradict or complicate popular beliefs. I then discuss distinct interpretations of the claim that such violence is part of a continuum of violence between peace and war. After analyzing recent research on the internal dynamics of armed organizations, I suggest that widespread rape often occurs as a practice rather than as a strategy. Finally, I advance some principles to guide policy in light of recent research.

Keywords: conflict-related sexual violence, rape, sexual torture, civil war violence, causes of sexual violence, armed conflict

Topics: Armed Conflict, Civil Wars, Gender, Gender Mainstreaming, Sexual Violence, Torture, Sexual Torture

Year: 2014

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