ABSTRACT

This chapter describes that the workshop is something of a watershed – the first international gathering devoted to the subject of sexual violence against men and boys in conflict settings. Even in cases of war and genocide, sexual violence against males disproportionately occurs under conditions of detention and incarceration; sexual torture may be especially prominent in these settings. No scholar of sexual violence, whether in war or supposed “peacetime,” can ignore the groundbreaking intellectual and activist work done by generations of feminist scholars. The most recent transformative moment in the discourse surrounding militarized sexual violence against males was the controversy that arose over sexual violence in the US military in 2012–13. The mention of obtuse and anti-gay legislation reminds people how profoundly homophobia influences the global engagement with male victims of sexual violence. Feminist perspectives, and their institutional manifestations, unfortunately, also pose difficulties for an advocacy agenda focused upon male victims of violence, including sexual violence.