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Did sexual violence occur during the American Revolution?

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Whether this infamous violence existed at the birth of the Revolution or only during the Terror has been the topic of debate between scholars since the 1980s. 1 François Furet challenges the previous “theory of circumstances” claiming that the violence, which existed during “The Terror,” existed at the birth of the Revolution. 2 Violence was predicted even before tensions peaked in France, and undeniably was existent during the beginning stages of the Revolution. read more

The first two sections of this chapter detail the commission of sexual attacks during the American Revolution. The many first-person sources that describe these assaults substantiate my claim that rape perpetrated by British soldiers during the Revolution was indeed more violent and more public than peacetime sexual attacks. read more

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