Finding the Man in the Soldier-Rapist: Some Reflections on Comprehension and Accountability


Price, Lisa S. 2001. “Finding the Man in the Soldier-Rapist: Some Reflections on Comprehension and Accountability.” Women’s Studies International Forum 24 (2): 211–27.

Author: Lisa S. Price


Drawing on research into war rape in the former Yugoslavia, this article considers a means of comprehending the motives of perpetrators. It argues that they are neither mad nor bad but ordinary men acting out of comprehensible motives. It further argues that to the extent that perpetrators act out of choice, they can and should be held accountable for their acts of sexual violence.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Men, Masculinity/ies, Sexual Violence, Male Perpetrators, Rape, SV against Women Regions: Europe, Balkans Countries: Yugoslavia (former)

Year: 2001

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