Hastings 2002 Rape

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Author: Julie A. Hastings

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

Subtitle: -

Journal: Violence Against Women

Volume: 8

Issue: 10

Year: October 2002

Pages: 1153-1181

ISSN: 1077-8012 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1552-8448 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Guatemalan History | Types: Wartime Rape / Guatemalan Civil War

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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 rape victims are responsible for the underreporting of rape in war. Based on ethnographic research in a transnational Guatemalan community, this article challenges the claim that local culture silences survivors of state-sponsored rape. Rather, it demonstrates the ways national and international forces collude in the depoliticization of rape and the silencing of rape survivors.« (Source: Violence Against Women)


  Theories of Silence: Beyond Local Culture (p. 1156)
  Local Ideologies of Rape (p. 1160)
    Joseño Definitions of "Real Rape" and the "Ideal Victim" (p. 1160)
    Assessing Blame (p. 1162)
    State-Sponsored Rape and Community Response (p. 1164)
  Testimonio and State-Sponsored Rape (p. 1166)
    Innocence and the Politics of Testimonio (p. 1167)
    Identity of Victims: Women, Not Guerrillas (p. 1170)
    Identity of Perpetrators: Men, Not State Agents (p. 1172)
    The International Depoliticizing of State-Sponsored Rape (p. 1173)
  Conclusion: Rape, Innocence, and the (Il)Legitimate State (p. 1174)
    Repoliticizing State-Sponsored Rape (p. 1176)
  Notes (p. 1177)
  References (p. 1178)

Wikipedia: War rape: Guatemalan Civil War

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