Women Under Siege is a project that documents how rape and other forms of sexualized violence are used as tools in genocide and conflict throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. Spearheaded by Gloria Steinem, this initiative builds on the lessons revealed in the anthology Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust by Sonja Hedgepath and Rochelle Saidel in addition to At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance – a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Daniella McGuire. In the belief that understanding what happened might have helped us to prevent or at least prepare to cope with the mass sexual assaults of other conflicts from Bosnia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Women's Media Center project is exploring this linkage to heighten public consciousness of causes and preventions.
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