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State Repression & Sexual Violence in El Salvador

February 7, 2013 @ 12:30 pm-1:45 pm

Bad Apples or Bad Leaders: Explaining State Repression and Sexual Violence in El Salvador
Thurs 7 Feb
IBS 155
Institute of Behavioral
Science, 1440 15th St.
Michele Leiby
Assistant Professor, Political Science, College of Wooster, Ohio

Why do militaries engage in sexual violence? Through her examination of patterns of state-perpetrated sexual violence and other political violence during the civil war in El Salvador (1978-1992), Prof. Lieby concludes that sexual violence is not perpetrated randomly, but rather targeted against particular subgroups within the population who present a real or imagined threat to the regime. A comparison of data collected in the UCB Archives from two Salvadoran human rights organizations reveal the timing and locations of various forms of state violence and a demographic pro_le of the victims. This research, one of only two quantitatively-oriented analyses of _rst-hand accounts of sexual violence during the civil war, demonstrates many of the limitations of data on wartime sexual violence and makes an important contribution to the academic literature on wartime sexual violence as well as to the historical record of violence in El Salvador

Sponsored by the University of Colorado Boulder
Latin American Studies Center, University Libraries,
Department of Political Science, and Women and
Gender Studies Program


February 7, 2013
12:30 pm-1:45 pm
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