"Women have been ravished in Zion, and virgins in the towns of
Judah." Hebrew Scriptures, Lamentations 5:11. New International Version.
For I [God] will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to
battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses looted and the women
raped; half the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall
not be cut off from the city. Zechariah 14:2, from the Hebrew
Scriptures (Old Testament)
"I was playing jump-rope in front of my house when an automobile pulled over. I had
never seen a car before in my village. When the driver offered me a ride, I, curious and naive,
climbed in with my friend. Immediately, that car rolled on with us in it and then kept on going and going, never
returning me to my village...." Ms. Kim Yoon Shim, a former "comfort woman,"
about her abduction at the age of 14 by the Japanese military." 1
Rape during wartime:
Whenever there is an unbalance of power, the potential for rape increases.
This is true
particularly during the chaos of wartime.
Rape during wartime appears to have gone through three main stages: rape as a
routine and expected reward to the victors, random rape due to lack of military discipline, and
systematic rape as a military technique to demoralize the opposition.