War Rape

The Unspoken Evil

Thesis

Even though there is very little to be done about it because an individual possesses little power to stop it, it is an evil and rather under discussed topic that needs to be stopped because rape is one of the worst things that can happen to someone and millions have been raped in recent conflicts.

What War Rape Is

"War rape are rapes committed by soldiers, other combatants or civilians during armed conflict or war, or during military occupation." (Wikipedia 1). It is used as psychological warfare as well as a way to humiliate enemies. It is usually systematic and thorough and sometimes military commanders urge their soldiers to rape civilians. Some factors behind war rape are poverty, political corruption, anger, hatred, and war. Some key dates are some well publicized wars such as the Bangladesh Liberation War, Bosnian War, and even World War 2.

Those Involved

The United Nations has been pressed by the Red Cross to make war rape a crime against humanity. "The UN agreed and has now made it an international law" (Red Cross 1). There are many organizations are against war rape such as Amnesty International, StopRape In Conflict and The Red Cross. Those involved include millions of women, soldiers and prisoners of war. Those in war-torn countries are most vulnerable. For example, Syria. Also, corruption in government only heightens the aggression.

Why Does This Matter?

This matters because the international community doesn't speak much about this. It is a completely global issue that many don't even realize is even happening. And why many would probably believe that the U.S isn't involved in this at all, they would be quite wrong. "In fact, women in the U.S army have a higher chance of being sexually assaulted than actually dying in combat" (Newsweek 1). This combined with the fact that in some countries, generals encourage their men to rape women, makes this an epidemic.
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