Bringing sex offenders to justice was as challenging in the Middle Ages as it is today.
It was their word against the word of the adults, the doers of God’s work on Earth.
Narratives of abuse have taken on different forms during different moments.
An 1852 rape case reveals that colonization was an uneven process.
The language of xenophobia and nationalism has long been staged on women’s bodies.
The metaphor of rape has framed understandings of the U.S. military’s occupation of Okinawa.
Interview by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation (Harvard 2013) charts the complex and shifting meaning of sexual violence in the United States. It is unique in focusing on the legal and political, rather than personal and experiential, dimensions of American rape culture. Centering on the […]