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Our war scenario turns their sexual violence contention

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, 2021, The Other Pandemic: Rape And Sexual Violence In War,

June 19 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. The day was established by the U.N. General Assembly in 2015 to shed light on the issue of conflict-related sexual violence. The sort of violence it focuses on includes: “rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, enforced sterilization, forced marriage and any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity perpetrated against women, men, girls or boys that is directly or indirectly linked (temporally, geographically or causally) to a conflict.” The date was deliberately chosen to commemorate UN Security Council Resolution 1820 (2008) which first recognized the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, rather than an unintended consequence of war. The use of rape and sexual violence is a pandemic that is yet be addressed comprehensively. It continues to be used across several conflicts, and currently there is little hope that the crime will ever be addressed, let alone prevented. It is a weapon of war that aims to hurt and humiliate, and much more than that. In Ethiopia the use of rape and sexual violence against ethnic Tigrayan women is considered to be a genocidal method to being about the destruction of the community. There, reportedly, the perpetrators rape and gang rape the women, and then subsequently mutilate, having told their victims that “A Tigrayan womb should never give birth.” In Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, women have been subjected to rape and sexual violence at the hands of armed separatists, military and civilians. The conflict, which has turned the region into a lawless one, is entering its fifth year. It leaves women unprotected and vulnerable to further such atrocities. Between February and December 2020, the U.N. documented 4,300 incidents of rape and sexual violence, and gender-based violence in the region, and between January and March 2021, nearly 500 cases of rape and sexual violence and 500 cases of gender-based violence.

US troops will be transferred elsewhere, increasing sexual violence against other populations

Kozue Akibayashi, (Analyst, Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu U.), THE BASES OF EMPIRE: THE GLOBAL STRUGGLE AGAINST U.S. MILITARY POSTS, 2009, 261-262.

During the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s, violence was directed towards women working in the sex industry around the bases, often by soldiers returning from the front who brought the fear and anger of the battlefield to Okinawa. Rape cases were rampant. Three or four women were strangled to death each year. A survey conducted in 1969 found that approximately 7,400 women worked in the sex industry. These women earned dollars in the still economically depressed environment, and many were forced to sell sex because of large loans imposed on them in forced managed prostitution. Furthermore, many of these women were nearly strangled to death more than once, an experience that left them suffering from trauma. More recently, troops stationed in Okinawa were deployed to the Persian Gulf in the 1990s. During this period, military violence against women in various forms again increased in its intensity.

The troops would just go to Europe

PBS News Hour, April 6, 2022,

The Pentagon is continuing to review its troop numbers across Europe, and whether to add more or shift some of those already there to other locations. Milley said Tuesday that while there are no decisions yet, there’s a possibility, if not a probability” of increase U.S. troops in Europe, and that need could be filled by rotational forces. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced last month that NATO is creating four new battlegroups, which usually number between 1,000 troops and 1,500 troops, to send to Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. NATO allies are set to discuss additional security measures at the upcoming summit. Milley has advocated using rotational forces more around the globe to defray the costs of permanently stationing troops and their families in allied countries at risk of war, such as South Korea and in the Persian Gulf. He said using this would eliminate some of the costs associated with schools, housing and other such services.Rotational forces deploy for shorter periods of time. Permanent forces are often deployed for two years to three years.