This book grapples with the potential impacts of collective trauma in war-rape survivors’ families. Drawing on inter-ethnic and inter-generational participatory action research on reconciliation processes in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina, the author examines the risk that female survivors of war-related sexual crimes, now-mothers, will breed hatred and further division in the post-conflict context. Showing how the historical trauma of sexual abuse among survivors affects the ideas, perceptions, behavioural patterns and understandings of the ethnic and religious ‘Other’ or perpetrator, the book also considers the influence of such trauma on other attitudes rarely addressed in peacebuilding programmes, such as notions of naturalised gender-based violence, cultural scripts of sexuality and support for dangerous or violent aspects of the patriarchal social order. It thus seeks to sketch proposals for a curriculum of peacebuilding that takes account of the legacy of war rape in survivors’ families and the impact of trauma transmission. As such, Trauma Transmission and Sexual Violence will appeal to scholars of politics, sociology and gender studies with interests in peace and reconciliation processes and war-related sexual violence.
Table of Contents
1. I will not Raise my Child to Kill your Child
2. Edifiying Ethnography and a Voice-In-Between: A Methodological Remark
3. Social (Ab)Uses of War-Related Sexual Trauma
4. Mothering with the Trauma of War Rape
5. Intergenerational Effects of Trauma Transmission and Continuation of Violent Sexual Culture
6. War Rape Legacies: Transmission, Agency, Transformation
7. Survivors and Post-War Youth in Intergenerational Dialogue to Prevent the Transmission of Sexual
Nena Močnik is a researcher at CY Cergy-Paris University, France, and the author of Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research.