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Maria Eriksson Baaz & Maria Stern

In: The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory

Chapter 34: Understanding Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings

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Understanding Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings
Understanding sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings
Maria ErikssonBaaz and MariaStern

Sexual violence and its extreme consequences are not intrinsic to conflict and displacement. Rather, there is a sense that rape leaves the perpetrator without blood on their hands – that it can be put down to ‘biological need’ or the ‘fog of war’. So we must be clear: mass rape is no more natural, inevitable or acceptable than mass murder.1

The soldiers went after my daughter and I knew they would rape her. But she resisted and said she would rather die than be with them. They cut off her left breast and put it in her hand. They said: ‘Do you refuse still?’ She said she would ...

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