Conflict-related sexual violence and the policy implications of recent research

  title={Conflict-related sexual violence and the policy implications of recent research},
  author={Elisabeth Jean Wood},
  journal={International Review of the Red Cross},
  pages={457 - 478}
  • E. Wood
  • Published 1 June 2014
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • International Review of the Red Cross
Abstract Scholars increasingly document different forms of conflict-related sexual violence, their distinct causes, and their sharply varying deployment by armed organizations. In this paper, I first summarize recent research on this variation, emphasizing findings that contradict or complicate popular beliefs. I then discuss distinct interpretations of the claim that such violence is part of a continuum of violence between peace and war. After analyzing recent research on the internal dynamics… Expand
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