Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

June 22, 2013

ART: Protecting a Woman’s Honor or Protecting Her Sexual Freedom? Challenging the Guatemalan Patriarchal State through Reforms to Sexual Violence Legislation

Author: Sarah England
Title: Protecting a Woman’s Honor or Protecting Her Sexual Freedom?
Subtitle: Challenging the Guatemalan Patriarchal State through Reforms to Sexual Violence Legislation
Journal: Latin American Perspectives
Volume: Published online before print
Year: June 13, 2013
Pages: 19 pages
ISSN: 0094-582X - eISSN: 1552-678X
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »The coming of peace in Central America after several decades of civil war and military dictatorships has not resulted in an end to violence. Murder rates have risen to such a degree that these countries are among the most violent in the world. One form of violence that has received a great deal of attention is the murder of women, but many argue that this is only one of many forms of violence that women face on a daily basis. The women’s organizations that have emerged in Guatemala since the end of the civil war have focused on demanding greater political and economic rights for women and laws that recognize violence against women as a crime and improve the mechanisms for investigating and prosecuting it. Two recent laws redefine sex crimes in such a way as to suggest that they should be seen as heinous acts regardless of the woman’s sexual history, character, or age. Though these discursive changes are a triumph, problems with the legal system and the persistence of sexist ideologies have so far limited the effectiveness of these new laws.« [Source: Latin American Perspectives]