Men as Perpetrators and Victims

TitleMen as Perpetrators and Victims
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsPeel, Michael
EditorPeel, Michael
Book TitleRape as a Method of Torture
PublisherMedical Society for the Care of Victims of Torture

This chapter discusses male victims of wartime rape. Male rape is rarely disclosed. Neither victims nor perpetrators want to talk about it. In the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, male victims of rape never used the term. They sometimes said that they had been “sodomised”, but more commonly described the experience as having a metal rod pushed through their anus. In the one press account of male rape in the Croatian press during the war there, the victims were Muslim, described in a way that diminished their masculinity and sexuality, and the perpetrators were Serb, portrayed as aggressive perverts. No society wants to admit to being party to male rape, but, the author argues, this quiescence leaves victims isolated and rape seen as a sexual act rather than one of the exercise of power and the infliction of humiliation. 

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