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Unsilencing Sexual Torture: Responses to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Denmark

Canning, Victoria (2016). Unsilencing Sexual Torture: Responses to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Denmark. British Journal of Criminology, 56(3) pp. 438–455.

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Abstract

Debates around torture have proliferated in the past decade, placing the topic more centrally in criminological studies and research. However, the ways in which torture is recognized or responded to often pivot on narrow legalistic definitions which do not necessarily incorporate the gendered nature of torturous violence, and in particular sexual torture. In developing a regional case study focussed on Denmark, this article critically addresses the ways in which sexual torture is silenced in terms of state and organizational responses to survivors. Additionally, the increasingly punitive ways in which states respond to asylum seekers more generally means that impacts of torture, sexual torture and persecution can be compounded by structural conditions which ultimately exacerbate social, emotional, physical and psychological effects of violence.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Author
ISSN: 1464-3529
Keywords: torture; sexual torture; violence; asylum; refugees
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 47871
Depositing User: Victoria Canning
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 14:43
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 00:00
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/47871
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