Henry 2014 Law

Title Information

Author: Nicola Henry

Title: The Fixation on Wartime Rape

Subtitle: Feminist Critique and International Criminal Law

Journal: Social & Legal Studies

Volume: 23

Issue: 1

Year: March 2014

Pages: 93-111

ISSN: 0964-6639 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1461-7390 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

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

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Author: Nicola Henry, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University

Abstract: »Since the early 1990s, wartime rape has been successfully prosecuted as a war crime, a crime against humanity and a crime of genocide. Feminist scholars, however, warn that the unprecedented attention to wartime sexual violence within international criminal law has had wide-ranging and unintended consequences. The aim of this article is to examine the heightened consciousness around wartime sexual violence and its ascendancy as a crime against ‘humanity’. The article draws attention to two discourses. The first is the feminist political project, which sought to delineate wartime rape as a crime of grave magnitude that warranted explicit treatment under international criminal law; the second is the postmodernist feminist discourse, which questions the desirability of fixating on sexual violence against women in conflict. The point of this article is not to situate myself in either camp but rather to examine the power of international criminal law to pronounce meaning, demarcate the gravity of crimes and silence alternative stories. I will argue that due to the impassioned political controversy over rape within populist, scholarly and legal realms, not only are the substantive problems associated with rape prosecutions often left obscured but problematic rape hierarchies are reified and victim experiences further marginalised.« (Source: Social & Legal Studies)


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Wikipedia: Wartime sexual violence

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