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"It's been an ugly counterpart to war as long as there's been war itself - the rape and sexual enslavement of women. Finally declared a "crime against humanity" in a long overdue vote by the UN Security Council in 2008, the rape of women during conflict is still rarely punished. And although it's received more media coverage in recent years - thanks to conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular - there are still few women who will speak about their experiences. Which is no surprise, considering both the intense humiliation and powerlessness experienced by rape victims and also the taboos in many cultures that cause these women to be further stigmatized as "damaged goods" when they try to return to normal lives after the war."

---  from Sara Terry's review of Comfort Women by Jan Banning in photo-eye Magazine

  
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