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First published: November 7, 2015 - Last updated: July 1, 2023


Speakers: Israt Tusty Zohra

Title: The Motivations of Wartime Rape

Subtitle: A Case Study of Rape Victims from the Former Yugoslavia

Conference: 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology: Crime and Social Institutions (November 17-20, 2010) - Online Program

Session: 094: Accounts of Sexual Assault: Qualitative and Situational Analyses (Chair: Sarah Ullman)

Place: San Francisco, California, United States

Date: November 17, 2010

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Bosnian History | Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Bosnian War


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Speaker: Tusty ten-Bensel, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas at Little Rock - ResearchGate

Abstract: »The 1990s Balkan conflict within the former Yugoslavia drew extensive media attention on the systematic use of sexual violence as a weapon of terror and ethnic cleansing. This paper presents a case study of 12 Bosnian women who were victimized in the 1990s Balkan conflict. The purpose is to gain insight on how victims perceive motivations of wartime rape. The findings indicate motivations were multi-dimensional and complex. Bosnian women were targeted and detained based on a larger strategic plan to ethnically cleanse the region of non-Serbs; however, rapists expressed individual offending motivations for sexually assaulting their victims. Future research on this phenomenon is required to fully understand the complexity of wartime rape.« (Source: All Academic)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Bosnia and Herzegovina / Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina | Sex and the law: Rape / Wartime sexual violence | War: Bosnian War / Rape during the Bosnian War