Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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Start: Topical Index: Types: Rape:

Types: Rape:
RAPE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

[Site] G e n e r a l

[Info] Andersson, Ulrika, et al., eds. Rape Narratives in Motion. Cham 2019.

[Info] Bourke, Joanna. Disgrace: Global Reflections on Sexual Violence. London 2022.

[Info] Bourke, Joanna, et al. »Disgrace: Global Reflections on Sexual Violence.« New Books in Women's History. New Books Network 2022.

[Info] Cooke, Jennifer. »Resisting Victimhood in Contemporary Rape Narratives.« 2021 MLA Annual Convention. Vancouver 2021.

[Info] Diver, Robin. »Fleeing from Rape: A Children's Tale? Adaptations of Daphne and Apollo.« Echoes: A Symposium on Classic-Modern Relations. Birmingham 2018.

[Info] Diver, Robin. »Fleeing from Rape: A Children's Tale? Adaptations of Daphne and Apollo.« Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History. London 2018.

[Info] Diver, Robin. »Adapting Rape for Children: Modern Retellings of the Greek Myth of Daphne.« Annual British Comparative Literature Association Postgraduate Conference. Oxford 2020.

[Info] Frauman, Ali. »Chasing Freyja: Abduction, Rape, and White Purity as Fantasy in the Nordic Alt-Right.« 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo 2019.

[Info] Killean, Rachel, et al. »Speaking Out: Feminism, Rape and Narrative Politics.« LawPod (May 29, 2019).

[Info] Meek, Michele. »Seduction or Rape: Sexual Struggles in Teen Films.« 59th Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Toronto 2018.

[Info] Miller, April. »Feminist Plasticity: Surgical Horror, Body Modification, and the Medicalization of Rape-Revenge Narratives.« 59th Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Toronto 2018.

[Info] Parker, Louisa. »Autobiographical Content and the Legacy of Artemisia, or Why Should We Care If Someone Was Raped?« Comics Forum 2014. Leeds 2014.

[Info] Serisier, Tanya. Speaking Out: Feminism, Rape and Narrative Politics. Cham 2018.

[Info] Weigel, Moira. »Everybody’s Rape Memoirs: Consciousness Raising in the Age of #MeToo.« 10th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. New Orleans 2018.

[Info] Wood, Isaac G. »Male Rape in Comedy Representation in the Family Film.« Sex and the Cinema: A Film Studies Journal Conference. Canterbury 2016.


[Site] A f r i c a n   H i s t o r y

[Site] General

Representations: Literary Texts: Emmanuel Dongala; Types: Same-Sex Rape


[Site] Algerian History


[Site] Burkinabe History


[Site] Burundian History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Congolese History


[Site] Ivorian History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Kenyan History


[Site] Liberian History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Malian History

Representations: Literary Texts: Aïda Mady Diallo; Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Nigerian History

Representations: Films: Tango With Me; Literary Texts: Sefi Atta; Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Gang Rape, Wartime Rape


[Site] Senegalese History


[Site] Sierra Leonean History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] South African History

Society: Organizations: One in Nine Campaign; Representations: Literary Texts: Marlene van Niekerk; Press: Drum; Types: Child Sexual Abuse, "Corrective Rape", Gang Rape, Marital Rape, Statutory Rape

[Info] Jamel, Joanna. »Do the Print Media Provide a Gendre-Biased Representation of Male Rape Victims?« Internet Journal of Criminology (January 2014).


[Site] Sudanese History


[Site] Swazi History


[Site] Ugandan History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Zimbabwean History

Types: Marital Rape

[Info] Manyonganise, Molly. »Zimbabweans and the Prophetic Frenzy: Fertile Ground for Women's Sexual Abuse?« The Bible and Violence in Africa: Papers presented at the BiAS meeting 2014 in Windhoek (Namibia), with some additional contributions. Edited by Johannes Hunter et al. Bamberg 2016: 269-283.

[Info] Marongwe, Ngonidzashe, et al. »Female Rapists and Sperm Harvesting: Narratives, Violence and Occultism in Post-colonial Zimbabwe.« Violence, Peace & Everyday Modes of Justices and Healing in Post-Colonial Africa. Edited by Ngonidzashe Marongwe et al. Bamenda 2019: 73-93.


[Site] A m e r i c a n   H i s t o r y

[Site] Bolivian History


[Site] Brazilian History

Representations: Literary Texts: Sheyla Smanioto, Paloma Vidal; Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Serial Rape, Statutory Rape

[Info] Corgozinho, Kamila D. »Aborto Legal En Brasil: Un Estudio De La Legislación (2000-2017).« Serpos 1 (2024): 51-64.


[Site] Canadian History

Cases: Fictional Offenders: Alan Grant; Fictional Victims: Mary Mason, Emily Traverse; Representations: Films: American Mary, A Red Girl's Reasoning; Literary Texts: Katherena Vermette (The Break); Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Date Rape, Interracial Rape

[Info] Pierce, Alexandra. »“Sexual Savages”: Christian Stereotypes and Violence Against North America’s Native Women.« Religion and Men's Violence Against Women. Edited by Andy J. Johnson. New York 2015: 63-97.

[Info] Quinlan, Andrea. The Technoscientific Witness of Rape: Contentious Histories of Law, Feminism, and Forensic Science. Toronto 2017.


[Site] Colombian History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Costa Rican History


[Site] Cuban History

[Info] Rogers, Jamie. »Reading Rape as National Allegory: Constructions of Masculinity in Cuban and Mexican Film.« 56th Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Montreal 2015.


[Site] Haitian History

Types: Same-Sex Rape


[Site] Jamaican History

Types: Marital Rape


[Site] Mexican History

[Info] Angel Hernández, Greta E. »Terror through rape: Sexual violence inflicted in the context of the Mexican drug war.« Civitas Hominibus 18 (2023): 61-72.

[Info] Rogers, Jamie. »Reading Rape as National Allegory: Constructions of Masculinity in Cuban and Mexican Film.« 56th Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Montreal 2015.


[Site] Peruvian History

Representations: Films: La Teta Asustada; Types: Incestual Rape


[Site] U.S. History

Cases: Fictional Offenders: Catalina Flores, Zebediah Killgrave, Charlie Venner; Fictional Victims: Mari Collingwood, Dick Grayson, Jessica Jones, Michonne, Noelle, Amy Sumner; Real Offenders: Brock Allen Turner; Real Victims: Chanel Miller; Representations: Comics: Alias; Nightwing, Neonomicon, Providence, The Walking Dead; Films: Assassination Nation, Battlestar Galactica (Miniseries), Deadgirl, American Horror Story, Descent, The Handmaid's Tale, Horrible Bosses, The Last House on the Left (2009), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Man Down, M.F.A., One Way, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, The Red Tent, Revenge, Room, Speak, Straw Dogs (2011); Literary Texts: Julie Berry (All the Truth That's in Me), Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Colleen Clayton (What Happens Next), Louise Erdrich (The Round House), Bella Forrest, Roxane Gay, Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass), E.M. Knight, George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), Joyce Carol Oates, E.M. Knight, Jaira Placide, Sapphire, Starhawk (City of Refuge), Amber Tamblyn, Monique Truong (Bitter in the Mouth), Daisy Whitney (The Mockingbird), Hanya Yanagihara Press: The New York Times; Song Texts: Rihanna, Tyler, the Creator; Video Games: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas; Jewel Knights Crusaders, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust; Society: Movements: Anti-Rape Movement; Types: Anal Rape, Attempted Rape, Bestial Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Date Rape, Gang Rape, Incestual Rape, Instrumental Rape, Interracial Rape, Marital Rape, Prison Rape, Rape by Proxy, Same-Sex Rape, Serial Rape, Statutory Rape

[Info] Alper, Mariel, et al. Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released From State Prison: A 9-Year Follow-Up (2005-14). Washington, D.C. 2019.

[Info] Colgan, Emily. »Let Him Romance You: Rape Culture and Gender Violence in Evangelical Christian Self-Help Literature.« Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. San Diego 2019.

[Info] Field, Robin E. Writing the Survivor: The Rape Novel in Late Twentieth-Century American Fiction. Clemson 2020.

[Info] Gustafsson-Wood, Isaac. Male rape in film comedy: Representations in contemporary Hollywood. Doctoral Thesis, University of Southampton, 2019.

[Info] Hildebrand, Sarah, chair. »Reading and Theorizing Rape Culture (Part 1).« 51st Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston 2020.

[Info] Jamel, Joanna. »Do the Print Media Provide a Gendre-Biased Representation of Male Rape Victims?« Internet Journal of Criminology (January 2014).

[Info] Loney-Howes, Rachel. Online Anti-Rape Activism: Exploring the Politics of the Personal in the Age of Digital Media. Bingley 2020.

[Info] McConnell, Kelsey. »Trauma isn’t a Prop: Sexual Abuse in Comics.« ComicsVerse (July 30, 2017).

[Info] Morse, Jaimie. »Legal mobilization in medicine: Nurses, rape kits, and the emergence of forensic nursing in the United States since the 1970s.« Social Science & Medicine 222 (2019): 323-334.

[Info] O'Hara, Shannon E. A second violation: Rape myths in contemporary, popular British and American writing; and, The Alden case. Ph.D. Thesis, St Andrews University, 2014.

[Info] Park, Minsu, et al. »Rap Music as a Social Reflection: Exploring the Relationship Between Social Conditions and Expressions of Violence and Materialism in Rap Lyrics.« Preprint (2024).

[Info] Pierce, Alexandra. »“Sexual Savages”: Christian Stereotypes and Violence Against North America’s Native Women.« Religion and Men's Violence Against Women. Edited by Andy J. Johnson. New York 2015: 63-97.

[Info] Pugh, Brandie. Reporting Rape by Victims and Third Parties: Evidence from the National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-2012). M.A. Thesis, University of Delaware, 2014.

[Info] Pugh, Brandie. »Reporting Rape by Victims and Third Parties: Evidence From National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-2012).« Annual Graduate Student Forum at the University of Delaware. Newark 2014.

[Info] Pugh, Brandie. »Reporting rape by victims and third parties: Evidence from National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-2012).« 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. San Francisco 2014.

[Info] Pugh, Brandie. »Reporting Rape by Victims and Third Parties: Evidence From National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-2012).« Powerful Partnerships: 20 Years of the Violence Against Women Act and the Path Ahead. Newark 2014.

[Info] Sood, Asmita, et al. »Cultural History of Sexual Violence.« Talking Research (January 8, 2020).

[Info] Włodarek, Aleksandra. The portrayal of rape in the American press: A critical discourse analysis. Master Thesis, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, 2020.


[Site] A s i a n   H i s t o r y

[Site] Afghan History

Types: Wartime Rape

[Info] Wimpelmann, Torunn. Adultery, rape, and escaping the house: The protection and policing of female sexuality in Afghanistan. Bergen 2017.


[Site] Arabic History

Types: Same-Sex Rape


[Site] Bangladeshi History

Cases: Fictional Victims: Sabitri; Representations: Literary Texts: Hasan Azizul Huq


[Site] Burmese History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Chinese History

Cases: Fictional Offenders: Lin Dong; Fictional Victims: Liu Pingguo; Representations: Films: Lost in Beijing

[Info] Chen, Sirong. Legalizing Sex Industries or Not? A Comparison of the Growth Rate of Sexual Crimes and STDS among China Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. M.Sc. Thesis, Johns Hopkins University, 2019.

[Info] Tsai, Yan-Wen, et al. »????????????.« Xin wen xue yan jiu No. 128 (2016): 85-134.


[Site] Indonesian History

Cases: Fictional Victims: Humaira; Representations: Literary Texts: Naning Pranoto


[Site] Indian History

[Info] Greeshma, D. »Misogyny in Malayalam Films.« International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 11 (2021): 7-15.

[Info] Kathuria, Poonam. »Changing laws and unchanging statistics: Rape and rape laws in India.« Needs No Introduction. rabble podcast network, 2014.

[Info] McFarland, Ashley. »Naked Fury and Weaponized Shame, the Meira Paibi Story.« Annual Meeting of the National Women's Studies Association. San Francisco 2019.


[Site] Iraqi History


[Site] Israeli History

Representations: Dance Theatre: Beasts, But the Virgin Was More; Types: Gang Rape, Wartime Rape


[Site] Japanese History


[Site] Korean History

Representations: Press: Chosun-Ilbo, Dongah-Ilbo, Hankyoreh, Jungang-Ilbo


[Site] Lebanese History


[Site] Libyan History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Nepalese History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Pakistani History

Representations: Press:: Daily Jang, Dawn; Types: Child Sexual Abuse


[Site] Palestinian History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Sri Lancan History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Syrian History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Tajik History


[Site] Turkish History

Representations: Press: Hürriyet


[Site] E u r o p e a n   H i s t o r y

[Site] Austrian History

[Info] Tranchese, Alessia. From Fritzl to #metoo: Twelve Years of Rape Coverage in the British Press. Cham 2023.


[Site] Danish History

[Info] Uhnoo, Sara, et al. »The wave of consent-based rape laws in Europe.« International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 77 (2024): 1-16.


[Site] Belgian History

Representations: Films: Calvaire


[Site] Danish History


[Site] Dutch History


[Site] English History

[Info] Jamel, Joanna. »Do the Print Media Provide a Gendre-Biased Representation of Male Rape Victims?« Internet Journal of Criminology (January 2014).

[Info] Monckton-Smith, Jane. Deconstructing the House that Jack Built: An Examination of the Discursive Regime of Sexual Murder. Ph.D. Thesis, Cardiff University, 2006.

[Info] Monckton-Smith, Jane. Relating Rape and Murder: Narratives of Sex, Death and Gender. New York 2010.

[Info] O'Hara, Shannon E. A second violation: Rape myths in contemporary, popular British and American writing; and, The Alden case. Ph.D. Thesis, St Andrews University, 2014.

[Info] Sood, Asmita, et al. »Cultural History of Sexual Violence.« Talking Research (January 8, 2020).


[Site] Finnish History

Representations: Press: Helsingin Sanomat

[Info] Vuorela, Miikka. »The historical criminal statistics of Finland 1842-2015: A systematic comparision to Sweden.« International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 42 (2018): 95-117.


[Site] French History

Cases: Fictional Offenders: Patrick; Fictional Victims: Michèle Leblanc; Representations: Films: Elle, Irréversible; Types: Anal Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Same-Sex Rape;


[Site] German History

Representations: Films: Der freie Wille, Lammbock, Polizeiruf 110, Tatort; Literary Texts: Ludwig Fels (Die Hottentottenwerft); Julia Fracnk (Die Mittagsfrau), Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Incestual Rape, Marital Rape

[Info] Fryszer, Lina A., et al. »Sexually assaulted women: Results of a retrospective analysis of 850 women in Germany.« European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 250 (2020): 117-123.

[Info] Uhnoo, Sara, et al. »The wave of consent-based rape laws in Europe.« International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 77 (2024): 1-16.


[Site] Greek History

[Info] Uhnoo, Sara, et al. »The wave of consent-based rape laws in Europe.« International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 77 (2024): 1-16.


[Site] Icelandic History

[Info] Bragadóttir, Ragnhei?ur. »Legislation on the offence of rape in Icelandic criminal law.« Bergen Journal of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 8 (2020): 54-77.


[Site] Irish History

Representations: Literary Texts: Anna Burns; Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Incestual Rape

[Info] Earner-Byrne, Lindsey, et al. The Irish Abortion Journey, 1920-2018. Cham 2019.

[Info] Jamel, Joanna. »Do the Print Media Provide a Gendre-Biased Representation of Male Rape Victims?« Internet Journal of Criminology (January 2014).


[Site] Italian History

Representations: Films: Baaria, Fuitina: Fuga D’Amore; Types: Child Sexual Abuse

[Info] Vitale, Antonella. Fuitina: Love, Sex, and Rape in Modern Italy, 1945-Present. Ph.D. Thesis, City University of New York, 2020.


[Site] Norwegian History

[Info] Jacobsen, Jørn, et al. »Reforming the rape offence in Norwegian criminal law.« Bergen Journal of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 8 (2020): 78-94.


[Site] Polish History

[Info] Jurczak, Aleksandra. Przestępstwo zgwałcenia w świetle prawa kanonicznego Kościoła Katolickiego i prawa polskiego. Master Thesis, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, 2018.

[Info] Kościańska, Agnieszka. »The Medicalization of Rape: Regulating Female Sexuality through Expert Discourse and Court Practices in Poland from the 1970s to Present.« Sexual Cultures: Theory, Practice, Research. London 2012.

[Info] Kościańska, Agnieszka. »„Nie” znaczy „tak”? Dyskurs ekspercki na temat przemocy seksualnej wobec kobiet w prasie polskiej od lat 70. XX w. do dzi?.« Zeszytach Etnologii Wroc?awskiej 16 (2012): 37-53.

[Info] Kościańska, Agnieszka. »Gender on Trial: Changes in Legal and Discursive Practices Concerning Sexual Violence in Poland from the 1970s to the Present.« Ethnologia Europaea 50 (2020): 111-127.

[Info] Kościańska, Agnieszka. Gender, Pleasure, and Violence. The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland. Bloomington 2021.


[Site] Portuguese History

[Info] Ventura, Isabel. Medusa no Palácio da Justiça: Imagens sobre mulheres, sexualidade e violência a partir dos discursos e práticas judiciais. Tese de Doutoramento, Universidade do Minho, 2016.

[Info] Ventura, Isabel. Medusa no Palácio da Justiça ou Uma História da Violação Sexual. Lisbon 2018.


[Site] Romanian History

Cases: Fictional Victims: Katalin Varga; Representations: Films: Katalin Varga


[Site] Russian History


[Site] Scottish History

Types: Same-Sex Rape


[Site] Slovene History

[Info] Uhnoo, Sara, et al. »The wave of consent-based rape laws in Europe.« International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 77 (2024): 1-16.


[Site] Spanish History

[Info] Uhnoo, Sara, et al. »The wave of consent-based rape laws in Europe.« International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 77 (2024): 1-16.


[Site] Swedish History

[Info] Andersson, Ulrika, et al. »Contesting Contemporary Case Law: Narratives of Rape in Cases from the Supreme Court of Sweden 1988-2013.« 11th European Social Scinece History Conference. Valencia 2016.

[Info] Bergenheim, Åsa. »Gränsen för det otillåtna: Om synen på våldtäkt i Sverige 1950-2010.« Antologi: Sju perspektiv på våldtäkt. Uppsala 2010: 10-30.

[Info] Bladini, Moa, et al. »Swedish rape legislation from use of force to voluntariness: Critical reflections from an everday life perspective.« Bergen Journal of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 8 (2020): 95-125.

[Info] Bytyqi, Selim. Samtyckeregleringens vara eller icke vara: Vilka skäl talar för respektive emot en samtyckesbaserad regleringsmodell? B.A. Thesis, Lunds universitet, 2016.

[Info] Dani, Maide. The Right to Engage or Refrain: A qualitative study on the debate regarding sexual crime legislation in Sweden since 1965. Bachelor Thesis, Malmö universitet, 2019.

[Info] Edgren, Monika. »Tala tillbaka, tala som ”other” i domstolsnarrativ om våldtäkt: Några nedslag under de senaste decennierna.« Tidskrift för genusvetenskap 39 (2018): 116-135.

[Info] Johansson, Max. SOU och sexualitet: Diskursen kring sexuella övergrepp i fyra offentliga utredningar, 1976–2016. Thesis, Lunds universitet, 2019.

[Info] Karlsson, Lena. »Online Autobiographical Narratives of Sexual Violence.« 11th European Social Scinece History Conference. Valencia 2016.

[Info] Nilsson, Gabriella. »Rape in the News: Narratives of Victim and Perpetrator of Sexual Violence in Swedish News Media, 1990-2015.« 11th European Social Scinece History Conference. Valencia 2016.

[Info] Stiernströmer, Emelie, et al. »Characteristics of convicted male-on-female rapists in the South of Sweden between 2013 and 2018: A pilot study.« Forensic Sciences Research (May 25, 2020).

[Info] Vuorela, Miikka. »The historical criminal statistics of Finland 1842-2015: A systematic comparision to Sweden.« International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 42 (2018): 95-117.


[Site] Ukrainian History

Types: Wartime Rape


[Site] Welsh History


[Site] O c e a n i a n   H i s t o r y

[Site] Australian History

[Info] Donaghy, Madeline. Restorative Justice for Cases of Sexual Violence: A Literature Review. Brisbane 2020.

[Info] Jamel, Joanna. »Do the Print Media Provide a Gendre-Biased Representation of Male Rape Victims?« Internet Journal of Criminology (January 2014).

[Info] Kennedy, Jessica, et al. »How protected is she? "Fairness" and the rape victim witness in Australia.« Women's Studies International Forum 35 (2012): 334-342.

[Info] Sullivan, Barbara. »Rape, Prostitution and Consent.« Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology 40 (2007): 127-142.

[Info] Waterhouse-Watson, Deb. »Framing the Victim: Sexual Assault and Australian Footballers on Television.« Australian Feminist Studies 27 (2012): 55-70.

[Info] Waterhouse-Watson, Deb. Athletes, Sexual Assault, and "Trials by Media": Narrative Immunity. New York 2013.

[Info] Waterhouse-Watson, Deb. Football and Sexual Crime, from the Courtroom to the Newsroom: Transforming Narratives. Cham 2019.


[Site] New Zealand History

[Info] Barton, Angela M. It’s The Same Old Story: Rape Representation in New Zealand Newspapers (1975 - 2015). Master Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2017.

[Info] Sullivan, Barbara. »Rape, Prostitution and Consent.« Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology 40 (2007): 127-142.

[Info] Zydervelt, Sarah, et al. »Lawyers' Strategies for Cross-Examining Rape Complainants: Have We Moved Beyong the 1950s?« British Journal of Criminology 57 (2017): 551-569.


[Site] Solomon Islands History

Types: Wartime Rape