Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict
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Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict

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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 D at both local and international level - to end what has been called the greatest silence in history .show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 24mm | 358.34g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745641881
  • 9780745641881
  • 695,339

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"Leatherman not only reframes our concept of war, but of politics in general. She offers innovative insights in her explorations of legal accountability and social responsibility, of prevention and healing for sexual violence. A must-read book: courageous, groundbreaking, riveting, essential." Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame "This is international relations at its best. Conceptually sophisticated, Janie Leatherman's book elucidates the factors that lie behind sexual violence in armed conflict: inequalities, structural injustices, and hyper-masculinity. I recommend it highly." Valentine Moghadam, Purdue University "This book makes a valuable contribution to understanding the complexity of sexual violence in modern war and to countering the silence and denial associated with it." Patrick W. Kelley, Director, Boards on Global Health and African Science Academy Development, Institute of Medicineshow more

About Janie L. Leatherman

Janie L. Leatherman is Director of International Studies and Professor of Politics at Fairfield University.show more

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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 - at both local and international level - to end what has been called the "greatest silence in history."show more

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations 1. Ending the Silence 2. Dimensions of Sexual Violence in Conflict 3. Sexual Violence and the Onset of Armed Conflict 4. Seeking Safe Space 5. Sexual Violence and the Global Political Economy of War 6. From Protection and Accountability to an Ethic of Caring Notes Selected ReadingsIndexshow more

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