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Tactical Rape in War and ConflictInternational Recognition and Response$
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Brenda Fitzpatrick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326694

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326694.001.0001

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Women and security

Women and security

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Tactical Rape in War and Conflict

Brenda Fitzpatrick

Policy Press

This chapter considers the transition from conflict to peace and the implications for survivors and victims of tactical rape. It analyses needs arising from threats to human and state security. When conflict is left unresolved crimes which have occurred in conflict but left with impunity for perpetrators can carry over to peace time. Neighbouring countries and economies can be affected. Cyclical conflict can follow. Speedy and appropriate transitional justice is needed when conflict ceases. Security sectors which may have been involved in tactical rape and sexual violence in the conflict need reform. Women need to be empowered to participate in peacemaking, reconciliation and societal changes which have previously rendered them vulnerable in conflict.

Keywords:   human security, state security, transitional justice, security sector reform, women’s participation, cyclical conflict

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