Rape as a Weapon of War

  title={Rape as a Weapon of War},
  author={Claudia Card},
  pages={5 - 18}
  • C. Card
  • Published 1 November 1996
  • Political Science
  • Hypatia
This essay examines how rape of women and girls by male soldiers works as a martial weapon. Continuities with other torture and terrorism and with civilian rape are suggested. The inadequacy of past philosophical treatments of the enslavement of war captives is briefly discussed. Social strategies are suggested for responding and a concluding fantasy offered, not entirely social, of a strategy to change the meanings of rape to undermine its use as a martial weapon. 

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