Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Rebecca Hughes
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Alissa Walter
history, genocide, sexual violence, rape, holocaust, rwanda
This research seeks to analyze and understand the approach and treatment of victims of sexual assaults stories and accounts using case studies of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide. Research was conducted by collecting and reading first-hand accounts of survivors and their experiences of sexual assault, then analyzing the historical response following the events. The two case studies are synthesized and compared in this project to understand which attributes of political and social policy effected the reception of stories of victims and witnesses of rape and assault. Both genocides are affected by unique struggles in collecting witness accounts, as well as stigma around traumatic data of this nature, and approaches to these stories shifted widely between the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda. This research advocates for a treatment of sexual violence and rape in genocide as an unavoidable part of human history, not just a woman’s issue, and an area that demands more attention than has been given to it.
Silva, Marisa, "Survivor Accounts of Sexual Violence in the Holocaust and Rwandan Genocide: A Comparative History" (2023). Honors Projects. 184.
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