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Andrea Peto on Wartime Violence Against Women

Wartime rape is about making victims and their husbands, fathers and siblings feel the shame of powerlessness, our Research Affiliate Andrea Peto said in an interview with

There is no war in which soldiers do not commit rape, she said, adding that “the idea that the enemy's women must be taken has been around for thousands of years,” because women have been thought of as a resource.

Wartime rape does not require overt empowerment, because it is based on militarism itself, she argued. The second wave of feminism was the first to say that rape was part of warfare.

War reconstruction should also include trauma processing, she thinks.

Read the full interview (in Hungarian) here.

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