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Speaker: Ashlie T. Perry

Title: Sexual Violence as Politics

Subtitle: Policy Implications of Sexual Violence as a Tactic of Armed Conflict

Conference: 42nd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association (November 11-13, 2010)

Session: Conflict in the 21st Century

Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Date: November 13, 2010

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | African History: Rwandan History; European History: Bosnian History, Russian History | Types: Genocidal Rape / Rwandan Genocide; Types: Wartime Rape / Bosnian War, First Chechen War, Rwandan Civil War, Second Chechen War


Link: All Academic (Free Access)


Speaker: Ashlie Perry, School of Arts & Sciences, Endicott

Abstract: »Sexual violence as a tactic of war has been documented throughout history. Unfortunately, sexual violence against women is not a new phenomenon of war. As concerns about human rights increased during the latter half of the 20th century, concerns about women’s rights have simultaneously increased. Although there has been international attention about sexual violence and rape, the amount of reported cases continues to be staggering. The purpose of the current study is to identify legal changes and outline the policy implications that have resulted from the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war. Four concepts are addressed; the contextual legal history of rape in regards to armed conflict, motivation to use rape as a war tactic, the status of women during times of peace, and policy implications that have emerged in recent decades regarding the use of rape as a tactic of war. The Chechnya Conflict (First war from 1994-1996, Second War from 1999-2009), Rwanda Conflict (1990-1994), and Yugoslavia/Bosnia Conflict (1991-1994) were used as case studies for analysis. Findings indicate that women are “symbols” of a culture’s identity. Research implies that women’s right are undermined on a local level, domestically and legally. Findings also suggest that policy changes regarding sexual violence have been made on the international level exclusively. However, current policy implications of sexual violence suggest a need for local legislature that addresses sexual violence during times of conflict and peace.« (Source: All Academic)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Bosnia and Herzegovina, History of Russia / History of Russia (1991–present) | History of Africa: History of Rwanda | Genocide: Rwandan genocide / Rape during the Rwandan Genocide | Types of rape: Genocidal rape, Wartime sexual violence | War: Bosnian War / Rape during the Bosnian War; First Chechen War, Rwandan Civil War, Second Chechen War