Leiby 2013 Leaders

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Speaker: Michele Leiby

Title: Bad Apples or Bad Leaders

Subtitle: Explaining State Violence in El Salvador

Institution: LASC Special Lecture, Instituted of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

Place: Boulder, Colorado, United States

Date: February 7, 2013

Language: English

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



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Speaker: Michele Leiby, Department of Political Science, College of WoosterSpeaker's Personal Website

Abstract: »This project examines the patterns of state-perpetrated sexual violence and other forms of political violence during the civil war in El Salvador (1978-1992) in an effort to understand why militaries engage in such violence. The working hypothesis is that sexual violence is not perpetrated randomly, but rather targeted against particular subgroups within the population who present a threat (real or imagined) to the regime. Data, collected from the archived files of two Salvadoran human rights organizations, will be compared on the timing and location of various forms of violence, as well as the demographic profile of the victims of state violence. While demonstrating many of the limitations of data on wartime sexual violence, this project represents one of only two quantitatively oriented analyses of first-hand accounts of sexual violence during the war. As such, despite the tentativeness of its conclusions, this project makes an important contribution to the academic literature on wartime sexual violence as well as to the historical record of violence in El Salvador.« (Source: Latin American Studies Center, University of Colorado at Boulder)

Wikipedia: Wartime sexual violence: Salvadoran Civil War


Added: February 7, 2015 – Last updated: February 7, 2015