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Female Soldiers in Sierra LeoneSex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development$
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Megan H. MacKenzie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814761373

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814761373.001.0001

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Securitizing Sex?

Securitizing Sex?

Rethinking Wartime Sexual Violence

(p.99) 6 Securitizing Sex?
Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone

Megan H. Mackenzie

NYU Press

The chapter explores dominant approaches to wartime rape and offers a new framework from which to consider why rape is used as a tool of war and why it has been a part of militant strategies throughout history. The starting point of this analysis is the argument that, like other tools of war, rape is used to create disorder. In fact, wartime rape is an effective strategy for perpetrators because the act has long-term and extensive impacts. These include stigmatization and marginalization not only for the victim of the rape but also for her family, including any children to whom she may give birth. The chapter also argues that the “collateral damages” that stem from rape are all too often conceptualized as social matters rather than as sources of significant insecurity.

Keywords:   wartime rape, militant strategies, perpetrators, stigmatization, marginalization, victim, collateral damages

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