Rape not a weapon of war - report

2012-10-10 22:29

New York - A new report by Canadian researchers challenges the widespread belief that rape is increasingly being used as a "weapon of war."

The report by a research team at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver says there is no compelling evidence to support this belief or the assumption that the experience of the small number of countries afflicted by extreme levels of sexual violence is shared in other conflict zones.

But Sebastian Merz, associate director of the project that produced the report, told a news conference here on Wednesday there is evidence, which is largely overlooked, that the most common perpetrators of sexual violence in wartime are husbands, partners or other family members - not combatants.

  • fred.murgatroyd - 2012-10-11 00:08

    Do me a favour ..... send your women to spend at least a year living in these countries, and then re-evaluate your findings !!!!

  • Mark - 2012-10-11 03:54

    The people mostly responsible for sexual assault/molestation are always partners and family members at any time, regardless of the state of war or peace. This is a well known fact and I can't see how it bears any relevance to combatants using sex as a weapon of war. Furthermore there are well documented cases of Zimbabwe's 'rape camps' where opposition women are forced to perform sex acts with ZANU-PF youth brigade members, and North Korea's intricate system of gulags where sexual torture including rape is endemic.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-11 10:58

      And recently in South America.

  • liz.rudy.3 - 2012-10-11 09:37

    Tell that to the woman in Third World countries - I am sure they will disagree with you. Amazing how people sitting in Canada can table reports about countries they clearly know nothing about

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-11 10:59

      Absolutely, while eating caviar from the comfort of their desk. Makes me ill.

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