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Book and Media Reviews
August 3, 2011

Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Program in Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York (ls2302@columbia.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(5):554. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1076

The issue of sexual violence in armed conflict is receiving increased global attention because of widespread media coverage of abuses in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and elsewhere in the world. New measures to combat the realities of sexual violence are evident in expanding intergovernmental reporting requirements, such as Security Council Resolution 1960. Yet the academic community has lagged in offering a critical appraisal of the causes and nature of the problem as well as potential ways to combat it. Janie Leatherman's Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict presents a useful first step for understanding the complex dynamics that lead to rape and sexual abuse in war.