Rape as a Weapon of War: Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Human Righs and the Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 1, 2008   [open pdf - 8MB]

From the opening statement of Richard J. Durbin: "The subject of this hearing is ''Rape as a Weapon of War: Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict.'' This is the first-ever congressional hearing on sexual violence in conflict. It is a sad testament to our failure to take action to stop this horrific human rights abuse. We will have a few opening remarks, and I will recognize any Senators who are joining us, including my Ranking Member, Senator Coburn, who will be here later in the session, and then turn to our witnesses. Let me make an opening statement. Today we will discuss the systematic and deliberate use of rape as a weapon of war to humiliate, expel, and destroy communities. Tragically, mass rape has been a feature common to recent conflicts in Bosnia, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. It is not new or unique to these conflicts. In World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army raped an estimated 20,000 women, ranging from infants to the elderly, in the city of Nanking in China in a 1-month period." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Coburn, Richard Durbin, Russel D. Feingold, Kelly Dawn Askin, Lisa F. Jackson, Denis Mukwege, Karin Wachter, Eve Ensler, and Ritu Sharma Fox.

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S. Hrg. 110-581; Senate Hearing 110-581; Serial No. J-110-82
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