Trigger Warning: Discussion of Rape, Violence
The World Health Organisation issued a declaration stating that violence against women as become “a global health problem of epidemic proportions.”
Violence against women is a worldwide issue. Rape culture is everywhere even in our own society. There is too much violence everywhere against women. In all countries. According to the United Nations, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence and the majority of these are by an intimate partner. According to the same report, half of the women killed in 2012 were killed by their partners. 1 in 20 men were killed under the same circumstance.
Let’s start with Canada, which is home for me. A Longueuil mother suspected of “renting” her 9-year-old daughter to Marc Clermont a 61-year-old man. Apparently the mother would have accepted money in exchange for allowing her child to be sexually assaulted. The maximum sentence for the mother is 14 years. This is not a first rape for Marc Clermont who already has a criminal record for similar offence. So when do we decide to lock people up and throw away the key for good?
A convicted rapist from the United State is currently residing in Outremont, Quebec with no special conditions apparently due to an administrative error between US and Canadian officials.
« C’est un gros problème, parce que la violence auprès des femmes est en quelque sorte tolérée dans notre société », dit Michael Hurley, du Conseil des syndicats d’hôpitaux de l’Ontario.
When a New York police officer are given ridiculously small sentence for repeated rape of a minor, you send a clear message that women and children aren’t valuable members of society.
Even in the absence of wars, crime and social conflicts, women in East Asia are more likely to be harmed by men they know — intimate partners, ex-partners or family members — rather than by strangers. Three years for repeated rape of a minor is absurd. You would probably get more for weed possession in many states.
Women suffer silently because institutions who are supposed to help them, don’t even believe when women tell their abuse.
It’s a situation that demands our attention. It is easy to remove yourself from a situation that is happening halfway across the world, but the truth is that negativity catches and it’s become a worldwide problem.
Society as a whole needs to change and demand change toward rapists and women’s rights on every soil. Too many countries allow rapists to walk away with sentences that are laughable.
Society as a whole needs to be more intuitive and perceptive to abusers. I know quite a few people who are so abusive behind closed doors yet are so loved and praised by everyone outside those doors. It’s disgusting and rather sad.
“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” – Margaret Atwood
The world that we live in is so sad sometimes that it’s hard to sleep at night. I can’t believe that people would discriminate against women all over the world. If only people would take it upon themselves to be educated about the world around them, together we could fight for a better and safer world for all.
“Please don’t be complacent and too comfortable with your life. Be aware of what has happened over the years, decades and literally centuries to get you here. Women fought and died. People march to make other people aware; pay attention, please, lest you lose it all. Lest we all lose it all.” – Sharon Weeks
The fact that more and more books and movies portray abuse as the ultimate romantic relationship is a symptom of a world wide issue.
Examples of the media contributing to gender violence:
In the United States, the fact that a judge would recognise that Social Media normalises rape, but then turns around and lets the rapist go because “it’s not his fault”, is absolutely unacceptable. Influence doesn’t make crime legal. Victims still should have access to justice. First of all, rape is not a 21st-century concept. This moron is going to blame rape on the Internet? So this guy gets probation because “the internet” made him do it.
Too often society and judges find excuses for men, but women have to take all the responsibility for when, why, what they were wearing, what were you drinking. It’s ridiculous. Responsibilities should be only on the rapist!
“In other countries, brutish husbands put wives in hospitals; in America, they put them in graves.” – Nicholas Kristof
The first target in war-like situation and lawless sectors are often women. Rape has been an integral tactic of war for as long as war has existed, but it has never been given the condemnation it deserves, partly because it is to women that it is primarily done systemically, and partly because it is done by both “sides” and to criticise you makes me more vulnerable to being exposed too.
Examples that proves gender violence is an epidemic:
- In Brazil, looting, rape and murder break out after military police go on strike.
- In Britain, a man beat his girlfriend to death and doesn’t show remorse.
- In Burma, Army forces commit rape and sexual violence on girls as young as 13.
- In Canada, women have to be “perfect victims” to be heard and get justice
In India, road safety rules don’t apply to women, an exemption that comes from a culture-wide devaluation of women’s lives. This devaluation also shows in form of ownership in the relationship, such as a farmer decapitates wife with a sword after finding her with another man. The idea that the man had a right to take his wife’s life as punishment happens everywhere in the world whether it’s legal or not.
- In Indonesia, a woman is lashed before a cheering crowd.
- In Poland, a conservative politician Janusz Korwin-Mikke states that “women must earn less because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent. They must earn less. That is all.”
- In Russia, a newspaper tells women to be proud of their bruises after the government makes it okay to beat your wife.
- In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive and they get threatened with death if they go outside without the hijab.
- In Vatican city, women don’t have legal rights to vote.
- In Yemen, women aren’t recognised as full people under the court and can’t leave their home without their husband’s permission.
In the United States of America, lawmakers of Arkansas passed a law that allows rapists to sue their victims. This means that legislation in the US that would allow rapists to legally block their victims from aborting the products of rape. So even male rapists have more rights over a female’s body than the woman herself!
I was told by someone that if women would simply follow the rules and stop trying to fight against them, they would have good lives.
It literally shocks me that there are so many ignorant people out there. Do they actually believe the crap they say?
“A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.” – Margaret Atwood