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Liz Kelly & Jill Radford

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Chapter 3: Sexual Violence against Women and Girls: An Approach to an International Overview

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Sexual Violence against Women and Girls: An Approach to an International Overview
Sexual violence against women and girls: An approach to an international overview
LizKelly and JillRadford

Most contemporary feminist movements internationally have focused on rape for three reasons. First, sexual assault is one of the ugliest and most brutal expressions of masculine violence toward women. Second, rape and the historical “discourse” around it reveal a great deal about the social relations of reproduction. Third, rape reveals a great deal about the way in which the woman's body is seen as representing the community (Kumar, 1993, p. 128).

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, rape was one of the earliest organizing focuses for women's liberation movements in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and many other ...

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