Unsilencing Sexual Torture: Seekers in Denmark: Responses to Refugees and Asylum

Vicky Canning

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Debates around torture have proliferated in the past decade, placing the topic more centrally in criminological studies and research. However, the ways in which torture is recognized or responded to often pivot on narrow legalistic definitions which do not necessarily incorporate the gendered nature of torturous violence, and in particular sexual torture. In developing a regional case study focussed on Denmark, this article critically addresses the ways in which sexual torture is silenced in terms of state and organizational responses to survivors. Additionally, the increasingly punitive ways in which states respond to asylum seekers more generally means that impacts of torture, sexual torture and persecution can be compounded by structural conditions which ultimately exacerbate social, emotional, physical and psychological effects of violence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438–455
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number3
Early online date14 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice


  • Torture
  • sexual violence
  • Denmark
  • Asylum
  • Refugees


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