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Narratives of suffering and endurance: Coercive sexual relationships, truth commissions and possibilities for gender justice in Timor-Leste

Kent, Lia


This article examines the narratives of 19 East Timorese women who were coerced into sexual relationships with members of the Indonesian security forces during the 24-year Indonesian occupation. Close attention to the key themes emerging from these stories helps to deepen understandings of women's diverse experiences of the conflict and postconflict periods, and sheds light on the gendered possibilities and limits of truth commissions. By destabilizing the therapeutic assumptions of truth...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Transitional Justice
DOI: 10.1093/ijtj/iju008


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