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Rape as Evil

Keith Doubt

in Understanding Evil

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780823227006
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235872 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227006.003.0005
Rape as Evil

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This chapter analyzes the motives behind the rapes in Bosnia during the war. The rapes were assaults on individuals' bodies and selves. The purpose was not just to harm a woman or young girl's body, but also to destroy a person's sense of self as a free and self-conscious person. Rape was also used to destroy the woman's relation to her family and community, in part by provoking her family and community to reject her.

Keywords: Bosnia; rape; evil; war crimes; women; sense of self

Chapter.  1377 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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