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.

February 2, 2013

ART: Sexual Violence Perpetrated against Women in War

Author: Bridget Varrasso
Title: Sexual Violence Perpetrated against Women in War
Subtitle: -
Journal: Perspective. UN Youth Australia's Journal of Youth Opinion
Volume: 6
Issue: -
Year: May 2012
Pages: 46-51
ISSN: 1835-5285
Language: English
Full Text: UN Youth Australia [Free Access], informit [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Sexual violence perpetrated against women1 in combat is used as a weapon of war; utilised to destroy the perceived enemy through attack on its women and to advance the war campaign of its perpetrators. Sexual assault in conflict is not the indiscriminate act of individuals, but a determined strategy conducted systematically in combat by militia - rebel groups - employed by governments and carried out by its soldiers. Mass rape of civilians featured as a tactic in the Croatia and Bosnia- Herzegovina conflict where 60,000 cases of war-related rape have been documented, in Sierra Lione where between 50,000 and 64,000 women were sexually victimized during the protracted armed conflict, and in Rwanda where up to half a million women were raped in the 1994 genocide. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, otherwise known as the "rape capital of the world", vaginal destruction has been recognised as a common injury sustained by women. Each of these serves as an example of the notorious use of sexual violence against women in conflict.« [Source: Perspective]