Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

May 5, 2012

ART: Sexuelle Gewalt in Kriegen und bewaffneten Konflikten

Author: Leonhard Birnbacher
Title: Sexuelle Gewalt in Kriegen und bewaffneten Konflikten
Subtitle: -
Journal: Trauma & Gewalt. Forschung und Praxisfelder
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Year: May 2012
Pages: 108-
ISSN: 1863-7167
Language: German

Abstract: »The article discusses conflict-related sexual violence. The main thrust of the argument is that this kind of violence is not motivated by one single factor (such as rape motivation). There are in fact three different categories of sexual violence in wartime: functional, structural and cultural. It quickly becomes apparent that the actual perpetrators and their individual intentions are not the sole factor conditioning acts of sexual violence. Also operative are wartime conditions, the aims of war, and the »gender« constant specific to the civilisations involved. In addition, cultural mechanisms and strategies seeking to legitimise sexual violence also have an impact on the ongoing occurrence of this form of violence. The violence of war itself, individual motives, cultural legitimisation of violence, and the connections between masculinity, sexuality and aggressiveness thus stand revealed as mutually exacerbating factors favouring the practice of sexual violence in war contexts.« [Source: Trauma & Gewalt]

ART: Vergewaltigungen am Ende des II. Weltkriegs

Authors: Georgia Böwing, Harald J. Freyberger, Philipp Kuwert, and Stefan Georg Schröder
Title: Vergewaltigungen am Ende des II. Weltkriegs
Subtitle: Eine Kasuistik zur PTSD mit verzögertem Beginn und depressiver Komorbidität bei Trauma-Reaktivierung nach diagnostischer Koloskopie
Journal: Trauma & Gewalt. Forschung und Praxisfelder
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Year: May 2012
Pages: 150-
ISSN: 1863-7167
Language: German

Abstract: »Many psychogeriatic patients are marked by traumatic war experiences. Stressful memories may surface for the first time decades after the event. In the eastern part of Germany acts of violence occurred more frequently at the end of World War II than in the west of the country. Alongside delayed-onset PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) these patients are frequently diagnosed with depressive comorbidity. Is this a disorder in its own right, or is it part of a complex instance of PTSD? The case: Subsequent to diagnostic colonoscopy, an 89-year-old patient apparently in the best of mental health was suddenly affected by nightmares and intrusion. Anamnesis revealed that she had been raped on various occasions by members of the Soviet armed forces. PTSD was masked by severe delusional depression with feelings of guilt, sin and nihilistic delusion. Discussion: The investigation of a patient’s medical history invariably calls for consideration of the relevant biographical and social context. In the case of sexually traumatised psychogeriatric patients, the necessity for invasive genital and anal explorations needs to be given close critical scrutiny, and interdisciplinary geriatric and psychogeriatric cooperation is indispensable. Diagnostic classification of delayed-onset PTSD in accordance with ICD is problematic because of the restrictions besetting the classification of psychogeriatric patients. Depressive comorbidity should be encoded separately.« [Source: Trauma & Gewalt]

ART: »Irgendwann (...) werde ich ihm die ganze Wahrheit sagen.«

Authors: Karin Griese and Stefanie Keienburg
Title: »Irgendwann (...) werde ich ihm die ganze Wahrheit sagen.«
Subtitle: Leben mit dem Kind eines Vergewaltigers nach dem Genozid in Ruanda
Journal: Trauma & Gewalt. Forschung und Praxisfelder
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Year: May 2012
Pages: 156-
ISSN: 1863-7167
Language: German

Abstract: »We now know more than a little about the traumatic consequences of war rapes for the survivors. There is however another problem that has been given scant attention so far. A by no means insignificant number of women who have experienced sexual violence become pregnant and give birth to children fathered by rapists. Little research has yet been done on the consequences for these mothers and their children, and there are few reports about the fate they have undergone. The present article describes the case history of a woman who survived the genocide of the Tutsi population in Rwanda in 1994. Like Natalie S. (name changed), about 75 percent of the female genocide survivors were raped more than once. Between 5,000 and 20,000 children were born out of these rapes, among them Natalie S.’s son Samuel (name changed). Encounters and exchanges with other mothers in the same situation at the »women’s forums« organised by the Rwandan aid organisations KANYARWANDA and SEVOTA have significantly assisted Natalie S. in coming to terms with her experiences and working on the relationship with her son.« [Source: Trauma & Gewalt]

ART: Kinder des Krieges

Author: Sabine Lee
Title: Kinder des Krieges
Subtitle: Vergessene Sekundäropfer einer veränderten Kriegslandschaft im 20. Jahrhundert?
Journal: Trauma & Gewalt. Forschung und Praxisfelder
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Year: May 2012
Pages: 94-
ISSN: 1863-7167
Language: German

Abstract: »The article outlines the problem of children born out of war in the 20th century. It focuses on four central aspects. (1) Selected conflicts are discussed to cast light on the extremely wide-ranging conflict and life situations forming the background for the conception of children. (2) The author inquires whether and how changing warfare in the 20th century (here notably the increasing incorporation of the civilian population into war strategy and tactics) has an impact on war children and their integration into post-war societies. (3) A number of key problems affecting children of war are addressed to illustrate the ways in which different countries deal with the war-child phenomenon after the conclusion of hostilities. (4) The author argues that the problems affecting the victims as a result of their status as »children of the enemy« are not limited in scope to the children themselves but also have local, regional and major societal consequences in post-war societies. For this reason, more acute understanding of this group of the population is essential to optimise the situation not only of those immediately affected but also of the societies integrating them.« [Source: Trauma & Gewalt]

ART: Peace, Ritual, and Sexual Violence during the Religious Wars

Author: Penny Roberts
Title: Peace, Ritual, and Sexual Violence during the Religious Wars
Subtitle: -
Journal: Past & Present. A Journal of Historical Studies
Volume: Supplement 7
Issue: -
Year: 2012
Pages: 75-99
ISSN: 0031-2746 - eISSN: 1477-464X
Language: English
Full Text: Oxford University Press [Access restricted]

CFP: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

Conference: Northeast Popular Culture Association conference
Place: Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, NY
Date: October 26-27, 2012
Sumbission deadline for proposals: June 1, 2012

Description: »One-page proposals are requested for any topic within the category of gender and sexuality in popular culture ...«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Sexuality/Erotica

Conference: 23rd Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association
Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: November 1-3, 2012
Sumbission deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2012

Description: »The area of Sexuality and Erotica invites papers that address any aspect of human sexual experience and erotica in any form (literary, artistic -- visual, musical, dance, theatrical, photographic).«

More information: CFP website