Journal Article

An Examination of the International Understanding of Political Rape and the Significance of Labeling it Torture

Hannah Pearce

in International Journal of Refugee Law

Volume 14, issue 4, pages 534-560
Published in print October 2002 | ISSN: 0953-8186
Published online October 2002 | e-ISSN: 1464-3715 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijrl/14.4.534
An Examination of the International Understanding of Political Rape and the Significance of Labeling it Torture

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Human Rights and Immigration
  • Refugee Studies

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

This study aims to discuss and define rape as a form of torture in order to elevate the status of a crime which is consistently under‐represented and under‐estimated. Rape is seen as a crime committed by one individual against another as a specifically personal, sexual crime, an interpretation which ignores the wider motivations of the act which can be founded on political, religious, cultural grounds, as part of a larger oppressive regime of subordination. Where rape has been assimilated, from the criminal act, into a key weapon of war or violence, it has become instrumental in campaigns for the devastation, destruction and alienation of society, its power extended by the knowledge that the intimate damage done to the actual rape victim will reverberate through the larger social context. It is essential for this type of torture to be recognized as such in order for its victims to be able to fully benefit from the protection and the prevention of further violence.

Journal Article.  0 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Refugee Studies

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.