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Mass Rape: The War Against Women in Bosnia-Herzegovina

NCJ Number
A Stiglmayer
Date Published
245 pages
This book details the suffering of victims of the ongoing war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a particular focus on the mass rape of women carried out by Serbian soldiers.
The foreword describes war crimes within the context of the United Nations Tribunal, established in 1993, followed by an essay describing the historical context of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. The core of book consists of data collected from 20 victims of rape, including Muslim, Croatian, and Serbian women, and from three Serbian perpetrators. These soldiers describe torture, murder, mutilation, abduction, sexual enslavement, and systematic attempts to impregnate women in the name of ethnic cleansing. Other essays examine war and mass rape from ethnopsychological, sociological, cultural, and medical perspectives. The remaining chapters discuss the issues of recognizing the human rights of women and children, and the relation of evidence of these mass rapes to developments and reactions in the international women's movement. Chapter references