Variation in Sexual Violence During War

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Wood, Elisabeth J. (2006) Variation in Sexual Violence During War , Politics and Society 34(3): 307–342.

Sexual violence during war varies in extent and takes distinct forms. In some conflicts, sexual violence is widespread, yet in other conflicts—including some cases of ethnic conflict—it is quite limited. In some conflicts, sexual violence takes the form of sexual slavery; in others, torture in detention. I document this variation, particularly its absence in some conflicts and on the part of some groups. In the conclusion, I explore the relationship between strategic choices on the part of armed group leadership, the norms of combatants, dynamics within small units, and the effectiveness of military discipline.

Authors

Elisabeth J. Wood

Elisabeth J. Wood

Professor of Political Science, Yale University