Crawley 2012 Rape

Title Information

Authors: Karen Crawley and Olivera Simic

Title: Unintended Consequences

Subtitle: Representations of Rwandan Women and Their Children Born From Rape

Journal: The Australian Feminist Law Journal

Volume: 36

Issue: Special issue: Law and Humanities Futures

Year: June 2012

Pages: 87-106

ISSN: 1320-0968 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Rwandan History | Types: Genocidal Rape / Rwandan Genocide; Victims: Rape Children

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Abstract: »This article analyses an exhibition of photographs of Rwandan women and their children born from rape, as an occasion for exploring how the racialised and gendered subjects of international law are imagined and how a certain politics of humanitarianism is mobilised around the notions of rescuer and victim. While human rights documentary can make a critical contribution to awareness, policy debate and advocacy efforts, we argue that exhibitions like Intended Consequences can unintentionally perpetuate the politics of victimhood and reinforce the assumptions of patriarchy. Certain modes of framing and staging the suffering of the racialised 'other' can easily become a mere opportunity to show compassion, which functions to affirm the humanity of the witness. But within the aesthetic experience of receiving testimony and viewing photographs there are opportunities to re-imagine those subjects and to rethink the politics of humanitarian engagement.« (Source: Australian Feminist Law Journal)


  1.0 Framing the Exhibition: Rescuer and Victim (p. 90)
  2.0 Testimony: Narratives of Thwarted Motherhood (p. 95)
  3.0 Affect: Looking at Photographs (p. 100)
  4.0 Unintended Consequences (p. 105)

Wikipedia: Genocidal rape: Rape during the Rwandan Genocide, Rwandan Genocide

Added: August 2, 2014 | Last updated: August 2, 2014