The Rape of Slave Boys in Sudan


Sliwa, Maria. 2004. “The Rape of Slave Boys in Sudan.” Contemporary Review 284 (1661): 343–45.

Author: Maria Sliwa



“Although many villagers are aware that young male slaves are raped while in captivity, it is not discussed because of the cultural prohibitions on all forms of homosexuality including rape.” (344)

"In southern Sudan, if two men are found to have consensually engaged in homosexual sex, they are killed by a firing squad." (343)

“Male rape victims, who are able to escape slavery in the North and return to their villages, often consign themselves to a life filled with guild and suffering and do this silently and alone.” (345)

“I interviewed a total of fifteen male slaves, for one to two hours each. Six of the boys interviewed said they were raped and the majority of these six said they were eyewitness to other boys being raped. Most of these six boys said they were raped numerous times, by more than one perpetrator.” (345)

“Though five in this group of fifteen boys said they were not raped, they did say they were either sexually harassed or were eyewitness to other slave boys being raped.” (345)

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Boys, International Law, Justice, Crimes against Humanity, Sexual Violence, Rape, Sexual Slavery, SV against Men Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Sudan

Year: 2004

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