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The Landscape of Silence: Sexual Violence Against Men in War

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsMonograph

Publication date08/2015
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages256
ISBN (electronic)1849042829
ISBN (print)9781849042826
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Why is it that men and boys have been and still are violated in human conflict, be it in conventional war, insurgencies or periods of civil and ethnic strife? Above all, why, throughout history, have victims, perpetrators and society as a whole refused to acknowledge this violation, and why do episodes of male-on-male rape and sexual abuse feature so rarely in accounts of war, be they official histories, eye-witness ac- counts or popular narratives? Is there more to this elision of memory than simply shame? Is there more to it than the victor's desire to violate the enemy body? Amalendu Misra's startlingly original re- search into male sexual violence explores the meaning and role of the male body prior to its abuse and how it is altered by violation in war- time. He examines the bio-political contexts of conflict in which primarily men and occasion- ally women sexually violate men; he details the inadequate legal safeguards for survivors of such events; and in unearthing and analysing an ignored aspect of war, he inquires whether such violence can ever be deterred.

‘… sexual violation of men has been ignored for too long. Without sensationalism, Misra's book explores these victims in the context of armed conflicts.’ Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck, Univ. of London, Author Rape: A History from the 1860s to the Present.