Silencing State-Sponsored Rape: In and Beyond a Transnational Guatemalan Community

TitleSilencing State-Sponsored Rape: In and Beyond a Transnational Guatemalan Community
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsHastings, Julie A.
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume8
Issue10
Pagination1153-1181
Date Published10/2002
Abstract

Although rape by soldiers occurred frequently during the recent civil war in Guatemala,rape survivors' own accounts have been excluded from public testimonials of state violence.It is commonly assumed that cultural ideologies that blame and stigmatize rapevictims are responsible for the underreporting of rape in war. Based on ethnographicresearch in a transnational Guatemalan community, this article challenges the claim thatlocal culture silences survivors of state-sponsored rape. Rather, it demonstrates the waysnational and international forces collude in the depoliticization of rape and the silencingof rape survivors.

URLhttp://vaw.sagepub.com/content/8/10/1153
Short TitleSilencing State-Sponsored Rape
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