Justitia, Old Bridge of Heidelberg

Justitia, Old Bridge of Heidelberg
Justitia, Old Bridge of Heidelberg © Gernot Keller, 2007
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Friday, 9 March 2012

The Invisible War: justice for victims of conflict-related sexual violence?

Following yesterday's post, I feel that it appropriate to highlight the sexual abuse suffered by American service women. Hence, the above trailer for the documentary, The Invisible War. 

Whilst it showcases an often unheard side of conflict-related sexual violence, it demonstrates that it is not confined to (African) borders and boundaries. Furthermore, their testimonies, and the low percentage of prosecutions and convictions, demonstrate that these women are subject to the same physical and mental hold that men around the world use to control women's place in society. And at home.

Because conflict-related sexual violence should also be considered in terms of domestic violence. Homes too can be conflict-zones, with partners, spouses and families at war with one another. As many women, and girls, are sexually abused at home by family members, the notion that this environment is always safe is a false one. 

The prevailing focus on the reasons for rape and sexual abuse need to change. It is not  specific to the way a woman dresses, what she drinks, or what type of person she is. It is about the rapist(s), and his/their power to control the victim(s) within their gendered, cultural and institutional norms.

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