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Book by UW Professor Examines Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

August 6, 2012 — Responses to conflict-related sexual violence around the world is the focus of a new book co-edited by Susan Dewey, University of Wyoming assistant professor of gender and women’s studies.

Co-edited by UW adjunct Associate Professor Tonia St. Germain and published by Kumarian Press, “Conflict-Related Sexual Violence” presents completely original work by anthropologists, international human rights lawyers, legal theorists, political scientists, mental health professionals and activists. The contributors report upon their respective research regarding responses to conflict-related sexual violence in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and South Africa.

The bulk of the book addresses the implications of international responses to conflict-related sexual violence through analyses of the gaps between policy and practice with respect to efforts made by international organizations, criminal courts and tribunals to reduce or respond to conflict-related sexual violence.

According to the publisher, “The book exemplifies a visionary blending of analysis, evidence, concepts and programs for ameliorating the lot of those whose lives are framed by war and conflict, and the striving to find healing and justice.”

A UW faculty member since 2010, Dewey teaches the Introduction to Women's Studies course and a methods class. She received a bachelor's degree (1999) at Stony Brook University and received master's (2002) and doctoral degrees (2004) at Syracuse University.

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