‘We Were Controlled, We Were Not Allowed to Express Our Sexuality, Our Intimacy Was Suppressed’: Sexual Violence Experienced by Boys

Research Handbook on Child Soldiers (Mark A. Drumbl & Jastine C. Barrett eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2019)

Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2019-01

13 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2019

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Omer Aijazi

University of Toronto

Evelyn Amony

Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP)

Erin K. Baines

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Date Written: January 14, 2019

Abstract

Why are academic and policy discourses on child soldiers relatively silent on sexual violence against boys in armed groups? Drawing from the experiences of boys forcibly conscripted into the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), this Chapter seeks to transcend the gendered language of sexual slavery, concubines, forced pregnancy and rape. Most sexual and intimate relations in the LRA were violent impositions given the group’s modus operandi of forced conscription and sexual regulation. Keeping this in mind, this Chapter maps the multiple forms of sexual violence experienced by boys following their abduction and coming of age within the armed group. We note the erasures and conceptual challenges the category of the child soldier poses and highlight the need to advance analytical assemblages that extend beyond ageist and gendered understandings of sexual violence.

Keywords: Sexual Violence, Feminist Theory, Lord’s Resistance Army, Northern Uganda, Boy Soldiers, Heteronormativity

Suggested Citation

Aijazi, Omer and Amony, Evelyn and Baines, Erin K., ‘We Were Controlled, We Were Not Allowed to Express Our Sexuality, Our Intimacy Was Suppressed’: Sexual Violence Experienced by Boys (January 14, 2019). Research Handbook on Child Soldiers (Mark A. Drumbl & Jastine C. Barrett eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2019); Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2019-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3315671

Omer Aijazi

University of Toronto ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
Canada

Evelyn Amony

Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) ( email )

P.O. Box 1216
Gulu
Uganda

Erin K. Baines (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia (UBC) ( email )

2329 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4
Canada

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