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Rape: The Caucasus
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Rape is not a subject that receives much representation in the public sphere in the Caucasus. It is similarly marginalized within Caucasian society itself, and there are very few non-governmental organizations specifically dedicated to helping rape victims. To a large extent, it has to be assumed that rape occurs behind closed doors, and because women are not encouraged to come forward as rape victims – the stigma attached to a woman who has experienced sexual violation is intense – there is rea…

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Gould, Rebecca, “Rape: The Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00366>
First published online: 2009

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