War and Rape: Analytical Approaches

Citation:

Seifert, Ruth. 1993. War and Rape: Analytical Approaches. Geneva, Switzerland: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

Author: Ruth Seifert

Abstract:

With the establishment of camps in the middle of Europe, for the single purpose of committing rape and sexual torture, violence against women has reached a new stage. In the following I shall attempt to open up an analytical perspective on these events. First, the question of the purpose of rape in general will be posed. Second, five explanations of the function of rape in war will be developed. Finally, some light will be thrown on the logic of silence that is characteristic of war crimes against women to this day.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Justice, War Crimes, Sexual Violence, Rape, SV against women, Torture, Sexual Torture

Year: 1993

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