Sexual Violence in War

TitleSexual Violence in War
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBoesten, Jelke
Book TitleSexual Violence During War and Peace: Gender, Power, and Post-Conflict Justice in Peru
Pagination19-42
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityNew York
Abstract

The idea that rape is widely used as a weapon of war has taken root in international institutions, influencing how post-conflict justice and transitional justice are perceived and pursued. Despite this global attention, there has been no progress eradicating or even mitigating sexual violence in war or in peace and very little progress prosecuting crimes of sexual violence. With particular reference to post-conflict justice, this book asks what sexual violence means from a socio-political perspective and in what ways contemporary "peacetime" violence is linked to wartime rape. Evidence from Peru and the internal armed conflict of 1980-2000 shows that acts of wartime rape are deeply embedded in existing configurations of gender and power and that sexual violence serves not only wartime terror but also peacetime hierarchies.

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