Healing Genocide Rape Trauma

Posted on March 14, 2018 by


Our current featured article is representative of a long ANS tradition – articles that address topics that are rarely brought to public attention.  The article is titled “Genocide Rape Trauma Management: An Integrated Framework for Supporting Survivors” authored by Donatilla Mukamana, PhD, RN; Petra Brysiewicz, PhD, RN; Anthony Collins, PhD; and William Rosa, MS, RN, LMT, AHN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN-CMC. The article is available for download here at no coast while it is featured. Dr. Mukamana shared this information about the background of this article:

The idea of writing about  genocide rape trauma came after a discussion I had with one of my patients in 2000. She had been gang

Donatilla Mukamana

raped and contaminated with HIV during the genocide against Tutsi in 1994,  At that time we met in 2000 she  was  dying.

She told me: “ Go and tell the world about the unspeakable cruelty of genocide rape which leaves the victim as living dead… then those who are in power should  prevent the occurrence of rape”

Rape used as a weapon of genocide affects all aspects of the survivor’s life. Therefore the healing process requires a holistic approach, one that I attempt to present in the current article.

I join the authors in welcoming your ideas, comments and questions about this work in the “comments” section below.