August 24, 2011 -- Lara Stemple, director of the Health and Human Rights Law Project and director of graduate studies, commented on sexual violence against journalists. Her comments appear in an American Journalism Review article.
Lara Stemple, director of the Health and Human Rights Law Project at the UCLA Law School, has researched sexual aggression as a weapon during conflicts or political upheaval. She calls sexual violence "uniquely terrorizing."
It's not just about suffering in the moment of the act itself, Stemple says. The harm lives on. Some survivors feel a sense of shame, degradation, loss of self-esteem and confidence. The social fabric of families and communities can be affected. In some societies, victims are shunned, stigmatized and blamed for bringing dishonor to the home.
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