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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Joffily on Sexual Violence in Military Dictatorships

Mariana Joffily (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)) has posted Sexual Violence in the Military Dictatorships of Latin America: Who Wants to Know? (SUR 24 - v.13 n.24, 165-176, 2016) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Why was the sexual violence that was committed principally against women during the Latin American military dictatorships from the 1960s until the 1980s not a topic of debate immediately following the transition to democracy and has only in recent years become the subject of deeper reflection and closer attention? This article intends to organise elements of the response to this question, reflecting on the particular nature of sexual crime, how memories of political violence have taken shape over time and the transformation of the concept of gender violence within international and legal bodies in Latin American countries. It concludes that attention to this type of crime could only be given after a series of social and legal changes had been brought about in equality and gender and argues that, although there has been considerable progress, important advances still need to be made in bringing acts of violence, particularly against women, to light.

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