The use of rape as a deliberate tactic of war is a serious human rights issue that needs to be addressed as a threat to human and international security. This ground-breaking book is the first to analyse its use as an act of war against civilians and international progress away from tacit acceptance toward active rejection of this violation of international law.
Exploring international responses to sexual violence in war, it introduces the main historical facts, theoretical terms and legal developments behind UNSC resolutions on women, peace and security and the emerging practice of international law in this area. It identifies best practice in moving beyond accepting rape in war as inevitable to the recognition of tactical rape as a security concern for women, men, states and the international community.
Powerful testimonies of victims are included to bring the issue alive, making this a much-needed volume for academic and professional communities.
"Meticulously details the strengths and limitations of international responses to rape in war. Fitzpatrick’s analysis is clear: rape in conflict is not inevitable, but a deliberate strategy to control and dehumanize." Victoria Canning, The Open University
Brenda Fitzpatrick is a writer with extensive experience in refugee camps and conflict zones. Working with humanitarian organisations, she helped bring international attention to widespread tactical rape and sexual violence in war.
Tactical rape and sexual violence in conflict;
Tactical rape in the former Yugoslavia;
Tactical rape and genocide in Rwanda;
After UNSCR 1325 at the UNSC;
Women and security;
Significant progress and ongoing challenges;