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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: 34th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (July 9-12, 2011)

Session: 1T Embodied Violence in Conflict Scenarios

Place: Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey

Date: July 11, 2011

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | African History: Rwandan History; European History: Bosnian History | Types: Genocidal Rape / Rwandan Genocide; Types: Wartime Rape / Bosnian War, Rwandan Civil War


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

Abstract: »Sexual violence as a tactic of war has been documented throughout history. Sexual violence against women, unfortunately, is not a new phenomenon that has emerged during recent wars. As concerns about human rights have increased over the decades the 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. Sexual violence has been used as part of ethnic cleansing and genocides. 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 war and peace, and policy implications (current and future) that have emerged. The 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 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; Rwandan Civil War