Book Discussion – Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, Dr. Scott Bennett met with the WILD women to discuss the heart wrenching book Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide. This book is made up of 13 chapters; each chapter focuses on a different war, whether it was civil war or world war, and discusses how women and children, even men in some cases, were treated during those wars. Each chapter is written by a different expert. Several WILD women were assigned to read each chapter to ensure that each chapter could be discussed in full; however there was only 2 hours to discuss the book. The discussion focused on what genocide is; with many different definitions the book, or rather the United Nations 1948 Convention, defines genocide is acts, including but not restricted to outright killing, committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a nation, ethnical, racial, or religious group. Throughout the book two tribunals are mentioned, Rwanda and Yugoslavia; tribunals being the courts responsible for prosecuting the men responsible for rape during wars. Granted many men who have committed rape have been convicted, not nearly enough have been caught, leaving their victims scared and vulnerable. One of the victims states even though these men are being convicted their minimized sentences are actually minimizing the suffering of the victim. This book opens the eyes of readers to femicide which is gendered violence against women that ultimately results in their death. This book was actually my suggestion for WILD to read because I thought it would be an educational experience for WILD to see what happens to women around the world. As Americans we are focused on what is going on around us that we sometimes forget there are people all over the world who may be suffering. Women, just like us, 18, 19, 20 years old going through these horrible experiences and terrified for their life. I believe this book helps us take a look at how life is in other parts of the world. Hopefully this book inspired someone to get involved and help stop femicide.

Written by: Melissa Ullrich WILD VII

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