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5. Exploiting the Dignity of the Vulnerable Body: Rape as a Weapon of War

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Wartime rape is not a new phenomenon. It is as ancient as war itself. Also not new is the prohibition against the rape of civilian women by military personnel. Validating the women's voices, the courts' judgments transformed resolutions about women's rights into recognized human rights under international law. Bringing the concepts of ambiguity and vulnerability to the categories of human rights law allows us to see the ways that the crimes of enslavement, torture and rape constitute different ways of exploiting our vulnerabilities. As torture, in complicating the offense of slavery, reveals the ways that the body as sensuous and meaning-making is always more than a material object in the world, wartime rape, in its differences from slavery and torture, reveals the ways that the body, as a material and sensuous way of being in the world.

Keywords: civilian women; human rights law; Wartime rape



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