Abstract rape is a weapon of war this now common claim reveals wartime sexual violence as a social act marked by gendered power but this consensus also obscures important, and frequently unacknowledged, differences in ways of understanding and explaining it this article opens these differences to analysis. The effectiveness of rape as a strategy, or weapon, of war relies on the pervasive cultural norms that value women's sexual virtue it is this perception of public ownership of women's sexuality that makes it possible to translate an attack against one woman into an attack against an entire community or ethnic. In summary, rape in war is a tactic to: (a) extend violence to women because of their ethnic or social group (b) promote sexual dominance, hatred, and destruction (c) intimidate women and destroy their personal identity (d) exploit women during their vulnerability while demoralizing men for a failure to protect their women. The rape of men: eschewing myths of sexual violence in war rape is a tool of war used against women, men, and children designed to brutalize and dominate the victim underpinning nature of war those targeted are usually done so as part of a strategy to destroy in gender inclusive: essays on violence, men. Forum for sponsoring the feminist jurisprudence essay contest in the fall of 1994 wars the hebrews raped,° the greeks raped and art lovers 6 rape used as weapon in war, courier j, oct 20, 1993, at 12a 7 judy mann, rape used first by the germans and japanese as a tactic for waging war. 31 harms to individual victims 32 harms to women 33 rape and racism 34 war rape and genocidal rape is a narrow and stereotypical conception of what rape is: for instance, the image of a stranger jumping out from behind the bushes, brandishing a weapon at a woman he has never seen before.
The democratic republic of the congo, and the east of the country in particular, has been described as the rape capital of the world, and the prevalence and intensity of all forms of sexual violence has been described as the worst in the world human rights watch defines sexual violence as an act of a sexual nature by. Unhcr official, goma, democratic republic of congo, june 2010 1 war rape in the feminist imaginary rape is a weapon of war such is the refrain of practically all contemporary academic research, political advocacy and media reporting on wartime sexual violence once considered firmly outside the. Sexual violence is one of the most horrific weapons of war, an instrument of terror used against women her study male rape and human rights notes incidents of male sexual violence as a weapon of wartime or political aggression in countries such as chile, greece, croatia, iran, kuwait, the former. This essay evaluates several key examples of sexual violence being used against women during wartime including the bosnian war, ongoing conflicts in the democratic republic today, many forms of sexual violence such as rape are considered war tactics that threaten international peace and security.
We could talk about the escalating pandemic of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment in the us military, where secretary of defense leon with an estimated 600,000 rapes last year, or how rape has been used as a tactic and “ weapon” of war in mali, sudan, and the congo, as it was in the former. Duty, honor, and rape: a war's hidden tragedy when war erupts, the rules we lived by before the battle no longer apply the purposeful ending of lives and the devastation of property become widely accepted, either reluctantly or wholeheartedly. As a weapon of war this paper highlights and evaluates the innovations made by the icty and the ictr towards recognising the issue of sexual violence as a threat to international peace and secu- 3 t meron, “rape as a crime under international humanitarian law,” the american journal of interna- tional law vol.
This essay examines how rape of women and girls by male soldiers works as a martial weapon continuities with other torture and terrorism and with civilian ra are suggested the inadequacy of past philosophical treatments of the enslavement o war captives is briefly discussed social strategies are suggested for. Rape cannot be understood as 'just' a deplorable side-effect of war provoked by soldiers' sexual frustration rape is, literally, a weapon of war the analysis is based on materi- als from the war in bosnia (1992–4) the systematic use of rape as a war strategy was most recently employed in former yugoslavia (mainly in. Rape of women and girls is being used as a military strategy - and has been for years, say human rights groups. A 1998 un report on sexual violence and armed conflict notes that historically, armies considered rape one of the legitimate spoils of war security council resolution 1820 (2008) called for an end to the use of acts of sexual violence against women and girls as a tactic of war and an end to impunity of the perpetrators.
Peltola | 1 rape as a weapon of war and genocide: an examination of its historical and contemporary tactical uses, effects on victims and societies and psychological explanations by larissa peltola. Rejected the age-old '''rapeandpillage' just happen during war'' theory feminist scholar, carolyn nordstrom while i use the word ra/pe throughout this essay, i also chose to honor the literature's tradition of intimidation tactics such as re-ra/ ping women in revenge and cutting off the mouths and tongues of victims so they.