Perpetrators of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Book chapter

Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018) Perpetrators of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, in Perpetrators and Perpetration of Mass Violence: Action, Motivations and Dynamics (Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes against Humanity). London: Routledge (151–168).

Publisher's webpage

This chapter approaches the topic of perpetrators of sexual violence by analyzing how they are narrated in the proceedings of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It explores the sentencing judgments of the nine principal perpetrators sentenced by the ICTY from a narrative perspective, demonstrating a broad variation of how the perpetration of sexual violence in armed conflict is explained, ranging from 'chivalrous militarized individual,' who could have done worse but refrained from doing so, to 'opportunistic military perpetrators' who use their authority to sadistically humiliate the women. The sentences also constitute a shift in international criminal justice from a laissez-faire attitude regarding sexual violence toward moral condemnation of these acts.

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