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Authors: Kristen Zaleski and Kate Majewski

Title: The History of Sexual Violence in War

Subtitle: -

In: Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma

Edited by: Kristen Zaleski

Place: Cham

Publisher: Springer

Year: 2015

Pages: 3-16

Series: Focus on Sexuality Research

ISBN-13: 9783319166063 (print) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9783319166070 (online) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Types: Wartime Sexual Violence



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Abstract: »The following chapter will outline the historical roots of sexualized violence in warfare and examine the major theories that attempt to explain why men rape. Examples are drawn from World Wars I and II, the civil wars in Bosnia and Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Rape of Nanking as ways to highlight how rape is used as a weapon of war in various capacities. The chapter ends with a discussion of when sexualized violence does not happen.« (Source: Springer)


  1.1 What Is Sexual Violence? (p. 4)
  1.2 Theories on Sexual Violence (p. 6)
  1.3 Recet Examples of Sexual Violence in War (p. 9)
    1.3.1 The Rape of Nanking and the Comfort Women (p. 9)
    1.3.2 Ethnic Cleansing: Rapes in Bosnia (p. 10)
    1.3.3 Democratic Republic of Congo (p. 12)
  1.4 When Does Sexual Violence Not Happen? (p. 14)
  References (p. 14)

Wikipedia: Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence