Rape and Genocide

The Role of Sexual Assault in the Rwandan Genocide


  • Sophia Zhao


This essay, composed for a first-year writing seminar on war and human rights, examines the 1994 Rwandan ethnic cleansing. The author argues that Hutu extremists systematically disintegrated Tutsi communities by employing rape as a weapon physically directed against women with the expressed intention of unraveling the fabric of entire Tutsi family networks which placed women and mothers at the heart of their kinship groups.

For additional context, listen to theĀ author's reflection on the piece below.

Author Biography

Sophia Zhao

Sophia Zhao is a member of Vanderbilt's Class of 2022.

Author's Reflection



How to Cite

Zhao, S. (2019). Rape and Genocide: The Role of Sexual Assault in the Rwandan Genocide. SCAFFOLD: A SHOWCASE OF VANDERBILT FIRST-YEAR WRITING, 1. Retrieved from https://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/UWS/article/view/4710