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Wording the WorldVeena Das and Scenes of Inheritance$
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Roma Chatterji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.001.0001

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Sexual Violence, Law, and Qualities of Affiliation

Sexual Violence, Law, and Qualities of Affiliation

(p.172) Ten Sexual Violence, Law, and Qualities of Affiliation
Wording the World

Sameena Mulla

Fordham University Press

Based on interactions with sexual assault victims in Baltimore this chapter explores the work of violence in renegotiating kin relations. Literature on sexual assault largely characterizes the sexual assault victim as inevitably alienated from her kinship and care network. In this framework, the force of violent events is singularly attributed with the capability of sundering relationships. These sunderings are particularly typical when focusing on marriage relationships. Shifting the analysis to focus on the victim’s relatives beyond their spouse or partner, the chapter argues that sexual violence can function to recast the very nature of intimacy between victims and their family members, thickening affinities and shifting them into new modalities of relatedness.

Keywords:   Sexual violence, Modalities of relatedness, Victim, Networks of care, Intimacy

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