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Sexual Violence during War and Peace

Posted by William Byrnes on October 1, 2014


Dr. Jelke Boesten, Kings College (London) (faculty profile and books)

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/sexual-violence-during-war-and-peace-jelke-boesten/?K=9781137383440

book coverThe 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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