Sexual violence in the course of armed conflict : thinking beyond gender
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AALCO journal of international law, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2013, p. 189-201
It is only in the recent years that prosecution and punishment of sexual violence occurring in the course of armed conflicts has received the attention of the international community. While most of this limited attention that was gathered was spent only on violence perpetrated against women, in its later years of evolution, it was acknowledged that the victims of sexual violence are not limited to any particular gender. In the background of the increasing number of reports that indicate the proliferation of sexual violence against men, this article examines the extent to which the current international legal order that penalise sexual violence perpetrated in the course of armed conflicts is neutral as to the gender of the victim. Subsumed in this analysis are the case of men and also those categories of persons who do not wish to identify themselves as belonging to either of the genders.