Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Rape Loot PillageThe Political Economy of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sara Meger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190277666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277666.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 30 May 2020

Sexual Violence as an Instrument of Terror/Torture

Sexual Violence as an Instrument of Terror/Torture

(p.72) Chapter 4 Sexual Violence as an Instrument of Terror/Torture
Rape Loot Pillage

Sara Meger

Oxford University Press

One of the prominent patterns that emerged from disaggregating functions of sexual violence in conflict has been the use of sexual violence as an instrument of terror and torture. This pattern is overlooked in the dominant discourse on rape as a weapon of war as it does not typically happen in the field, nor is it highly visible or perpetrated en masse. In contemporary conflicts, sexual violence as an instrument of terror and torture is used predominantly by government armed forces and proxy militia forces against civilians in a campaign of national security. This type of violence is usually perpetrated in detention or other government-controlled facilities. This chapter uses data from Latin America, Sudan, Syria, and Sri Lanka to characterize the use of sexual violence by state regimes as part of a larger campaign of repression.

Keywords:   terror, torture, counterinsurgency, national security, Latin America, Sudan, Syria, Sri Lanka

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .