Cohen 2013 Violence

Title Information

Authors: Dara Kay Cohen, Amelia Hoover Green, and Elisabeth Jean Wood

Title: Wartime Sexual Violence

Subtitle: Misconceptions, Implications, and Ways Forward

Place: Washington, DC

Publisher: United States Institute of Peace

Year: February 2013

Pages: 16 pages

Series: United States Institute of Peace Special Report 323

ISBN-13: 9781601271570 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Types: Wartime Rape

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Dara Kay Cohen, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Amelia Hoover Green, Department of History and Politics, Drexel UniversityAuthor's Website

Elisabeth Wood, Department of Political Science, Yale University

Abstract: »Under the collaborative leadership of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP); the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley; the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO); and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America (SIPRI North America), this special report is launched to mark the first convening of The Missing Peace Symposium on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings. Over the past eighteen months, this core group of organizations along with others have developed a community of practice made up of scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and military and civil society actors to examine the issues of conflict-related sexual violence, to identify gaps in knowledge and reporting, and to explore how to increase the effectiveness of current responses to such violence. This report summarizes ten major misconceptions about wartime sexual violence, highlighting both advances and gaps in our knowledge. Drawing on social science research, it outlines for policymakers the current state of knowledge about wartime sexual violence, details gaps in existing knowledge, and explores the implications of these findings for policymaking.« (Source: United States Institute of Peace)


  Introduction: Defining the Problem (p. 2)
  Misconceptions (p. 2)
    Misconception: Ubiquitous in War (p. 2)
    Misconception: An African Problem (p. 3)
    Misconception: A Problem of Ethnic War (p. 3)
    Misconception: More Common Among Rebel Groups than State Militaries (p. 4)
    Misconception: Perpetrators Always Men (p. 4)
    Misconception: Given Opportunity, Men Will Rape (p. 5)
    Misconception: Always Perpetrated by Combatants (p. 6)
    Misconception: Victims Always Female (p. 7)
    Misconception: Incidence Increasing, Decreasing, Steady (p. 8)
    Misconception: Rape at High Prevalence a Strategy of War (p. 9)
  What Do We Still Not Know? (p. 10)
  Policy Recommendations (p. 11)
  Notes (p. 13)
  Of Related Interest (p. 16)

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Added: June 22, 2013 | Last updated: May 10, 2014