Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide

TitleRape: Weapon of War and Genocide
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsRittner, Carol, and John K. Roth
Number of Pages320
PublisherParagon House
CitySt. Paul, MN

This edited volume provides  a comparative perspective on the issue of sexual violence as a genocidal weapon, with global reach and detail. It is one of the most nuanced, illuminating, and grimly engaging volumes on rape and mass violence yet published. The authors and editors frequently foreground the individual victims and survivors of these perhaps most intimate atrocities, and their critical framing of sometimes barely-imaginable experiences always resonates. Experts in law, history, philosophy, and women’s studies join therapists and activists to present the issues and analyze key documents, many of them accounts from victims of rape, from the Holocaust, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and elsewhere. Relentless and unflinching, those accounts speak of despair and hope, resilience, pain, shame, and loss. Each chapter deals very personally with the agony of rape and the challenges it poses to male behavior, international law, and political action. The book is a memorial to female suffering and a deep challenge to all men to abandon forever the kind of masculinity that perpetrates such wickedness. These stories in this book will not produce despair, but clarity—about action, love, and hope for the human spirit.

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