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Introduction to Part Two

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This introductory chapter of part two of this book embarks on an historical journey to the cradle of international criminal law and traces the development of the crime of rape. In this journey, the author distinguishes between several eras. First, the Era of Silence. This era has strong connections with the history of the crime of rape as an offense in domestic law. Next, the Era of Honor began when the crime of rape was recognized in international law as a criminal offense against the victim's honor, while ignoring the other substantial harms to the victim, both mental and physical. The Third Era commenced when sex crimes were recognized as international crimes under some of the traditional crime categories.

Keywords: international criminal law; rape; sex crimes

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