Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict

ISBN-10: 0745641881

ISBN-13: 9780745641881

Edition: 2011

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of women become victims of sexual violence in conflict zones around the world; in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone, approximately 1,100 rapes are reported each month. This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the causes, consequences and responses to sexual violence in contemporary armed conflict. It explores the function and effect of wartime sexual violence and examines the conditions that make women and girls most vulnerable to these acts both before, during and after conflict. To understand the motivations of the men (and occasionally women) who perpetrate this violence, the book analyzes the role played by systemic and situational factors such as patriarchy and militarized masculinity. Difficult questions of accountability are tackled; in particular, the case of child soldiers, who often suffer a double victimization when forced to commit sexual atrocities. The book concludes by looking at strategies of prevention and protection as well as new programs being set up on the ground to support the rehabilitation of survivors and their communities. Sexual violence in war has long been a taboo subject but, as this book shows, new and courageous steps are at last being taken ETH; at both local and international level - to end what has been called the "greatest silence in history".
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 2/11/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Ending the Silence
Dimensions of Sexual Violence in Conflict
Sexual Violence and the Onset of Armed Conflict
Seeking Safe Space
Sexual Violence and the Global Political Economy of War
From Protection and Accountability to an Ethic of Caring
Notes
Selected Readings
Index
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