Sharratt 2011 Gender

Title Information

Author: Sara Sharratt

Title: Gender, Shame and Sexual Violence

Subtitle: The Voices of Witnesses and Court Members at War Crimes Tribunals

Place: Farnham

Publisher: Ashgate

Year: 2011

Pages: 196pp.

ISBN-13: 9781409419990 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781409420002 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Bosnian History | Prosecution: Trials / International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; Types: Wartime Rape / Bosnian War; Victims: Shame

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  List of Tables (p. vii)
  Preface (p. ix)
  Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  1 Historical Background (p. 5)
  2 Legal Background on International Criminal Tribunals (p. 15)
  3 Theoretical Perspectives (p. 25)
  4 Methods of Investigation (p. 43)
  5 Voices from the Court (p. 53)
  6 The Courts Surveyed (p. 73)
  7 Protective Measures (p. 99)
  8 The Witnesses (p. 111)
  9 Discussion and Recommendations from the Court (p. 127)
  10 Recommendations (p. 139)
  Appendix A: Prosecution of Cases involving Rape and/or Sexual Violence by the ICTY (p. 149)
  Appendix B: Questionnaire for Witnesses (p. 159)
  Bibliography (p. 171)
  Index (p. 179)


»Drawing on extensive interview material gathered amongst victims, witnesses, judges and NGOs, this book investigates the prosecution of rape and sexual violence in war crimes tribunals, with special attention to The International Court for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and World Court in Sarajevo. It examines the testimonies of victims and witnesses and their reasons for testifying, their attitudes towards perpetrators, the consequences of testifying, their recommendations for other witnesses and conceptions of justice. In addition, it explores the attitudes of judges, prosecutors, psychologists and those in charge of protecting and offering services.
Adopting a feminist approach, ‘Gender, Shame and Sexual Violence’ challenges the assumption that the deterrent effect of making rape trials more visible would reduce the occurrence of sexual violence in conflict situations, contending instead that the manner in which cases are handled both increases the victims’ sense of shame and serves to propagate a representation of women's bodies that may actually serve to increase the use of sexual violence during war.
A compelling analysis of the prosecution of rape as a war crime, this volume offers extensive new empirical material that will be of interest to scholars of sociology, gender studies, criminology, politics, international relations and law.« (Source: Ashgate)


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