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Lokot, Michelle (2019) 'Challenging Sensationalism: Narratives on Rape as a Weapon of War in Syria.' International Criminal Law Review, 19 (5). pp. 844-871.

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Rape during conflict is often over-simplified and sensationalised in the accounts of international humanitarian agencies. This article suggests that such narratives on rape are connected to the way international tribunals and courts have narrowly framed the crime of rape. Limited legal constructions of rape reinforce a hierarchy where rape is seen as more worthy of protection than other forms of gender-based violence - a hierarchy that international humanitarian agencies perpetuate through their narratives on rape during conflict. Based on ethnographic accounts from Syrian women and men, this article draws attention to the problematic consequences of focusing on sensational narratives. It aims to reposition rape - and gender-based violence more broadly - within unequal power structures and a wider system of women’s subordination. It argues that while less incendiary, other kinds of gender-based violence during conflict may be just as insidious as rape.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Rape, Syria, war, gender-based violence
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Gender Studies
ISSN: 1567536X
Copyright Statement: © MICHELLE LOKOT, 2019. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the prevailing CC-BY license at the time of publication:
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 13:28
Related URLs: https://brill.c ... la-overview.xml (Publisher URL)
Funders: Other

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