Sexual violence has been a constant, hideous companion of war since the very beginning.
The rape and murder of hundreds of civilians by American soldiers at My Lai (16 March 1968) during Vietnam War was only the most infamous of a series of unspeakable crimes, which sapped support for the war in Australia.
Artist Clifton Pugh had himself perpetrated war crimes against enemy soldiers during the Second World War and, as an occupying soldier in Japan, exploited local women by establishing a brothel. Remorse led him to campaign for peace in later life.
ON LOAN COURTESY OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL ART90934
Reviewed 01 December 2021