Deliberate Sexual Torture of Women in War

The Case of Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Libby Tata Arcel
Part of the Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Women and men have been tortured sexually by all sides in the wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (1991-1995). However, all documentation proves that systematic rape was committed mainly upon Bosnian Muslim women by Bosnian Serb and Serb militia, military personnel, and other persons in authority, often as a weapon in “ethnic cleansing.” Health and mental health professionals may play an important role in documenting rape in war, as well as in the treatment of survivors. The first section of this chapter presents data on 55 sexually tortured women who were included in the Danish psychosocial treatment programme Boswofam.


Sexual Assault Mental Health Professional Security Council Muslim Woman International Criminal Tribunal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Libby Tata Arcel
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.International Rehabilitation Council for Torture VictimsCopenhagen KDenmark
  2. 2.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen SDenmark

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