Sexual violence against men in countries affected by armed conflict


Solangon, Sarah, and Preeti Patel. 2012. "Sexual violence against men in countries affected by armed conflict." Conflict, Security & Development 12 (4): 417-42. doi:10.1080/14678802.2012.724794.

Authors: Sarah Solangon, Preeti Patel


Sexual violence against men in armed conflict has been documented for thousands of years under the various guises of war, torture and mutilation yet it is often neglected mainly because of overwhelming stigma and shame surrounding it. Based on academic and grey literature on sexual violence against men in conflict, this article discusses the complex reasons for lack of quality data on this important topic. The motivations of sexual violence against men are also explored through applying causal theories that are largely based on female victims of sexual violence. Finally, interventions for the management of sexual violence against men in conflict are discussed. This study concludes that gendered binaries and strict gender roles are primarily responsible in accentuating sexual violence against men in terrorizing and humiliating victims, and must be addressed. It also calls for more research and advocacy of male victims of sexual violence in order to fully understand the dynamics of this challenge as well as to offer effective care for male survivors of such violence.

Keywords: sexual violence, gender roles, armed conflict

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Gender Roles, Gender-Based Violence, Gendered Power Relations, Sexual Violence, SV against Men

Year: 2012

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