Victim at Fault

In Around the World on October 12, 2010 at 6:27 am

Women have borne the brunt of the violence

Following up on my last blog, I wanted to further discuss the issue of rape.  It is the act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon someone, and what I find to be the grossest violation of a human being possible.  Unfortunately it’s a common act in many parts of the world, especially on women and young girls.  As females in the United States we’re told that we’re most likely to get raped by someone we know, so make sure our ‘NO’ means ‘NO’. Or at a party, watch our drinks, don’t accept an open glass from anyone, don’t wear provocative clothing or walk alone at night, because then you’re asking for it. For many females, it’s a constant thought in the back of their minds.    

And in places like Congo, the fear of getting raped is all too real.  And what happens when rape occurs? Besides contracting diseases, wives are rejected by their husbands for being dirty.  The men feel like failures, so they hate their wives and just want to start over.  This is true in many other parts of the world as well.  Rape is sometimes used as a punishment to families, or if a girl is raped, it is her fault she was violated.  A recent study in the UK even showed that the British, male and female, have become harsher in their views of rape victims.  How is it that we can live in a society where women can be blamed for something that is forced upon them? When something is forced, it means against one’s will, as in there is nothing the victim can do about it.  Perpetrators of this crime are to blame, and yes, completely to blame.  They should be able to control themselves; they’re not animals, at least not in the physical sense.      

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8677637.stm (closer look at the rape victims within Congo)

http://www.amnestyusa.org/women/rapeinwartime.html (Amnesty International on rape as a weapon of war)


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