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Tactical Rape in War and Conflict: International Recognition and Response

Brenda Fitzpatrick


This book defines the use of rape and sexual violence as deliberate tactics used by state and non-state actors in both intra- and inter-state conflicts. It argues tactical rape is a serious human rights issue, a security threat to women, men, states and the international community. It analyses and tracks progress from tacit acceptance of rape and sexual violence in conflict as inevitable to normative rejection of them as recognised violations of international law. It acknowledges persistent practice of these tactics, ongoing involvement of state actors and serious criticisms of gendered legal ... More

Keywords: tactical rape, sexual violence, conflict, security, international law, gendered law, criminal tribunals, security council

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447326694
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326694.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brenda Fitzpatrick, author