UC Law SF Journal on Gender and Justice


Rhonda Copleon


Historically, the rape of women in war has drawn occasional and short lived international attention. Most of the time rape has been invisible, or has come to light as part of the competing diplomacies of war, illustrating the viciousness of the conqueror or the innocence of the conquered. When war is done, it is comfortably cabined as a mere inevitable "by-product," a matter of indiscipline, of soldiers revved up by war, needy, and briefly "out of control."