I like this article for several reasons but mainly because Zerlina Maxwell, rape survivor, handles herself beautifully in this interview with Sean Hannity from Fox News and her responses in the interview with Amy Goodman are insightful. I suggest reading the transcript of the Fox interview and than reading Goodman’s interview of Maxwell.
Basically, Zerlina suggested that gun protection is not the answer to solving the rape problem especially when so many women raped in the United States know their offender. She suggests emphasizing teaching men not to rape because to suggest that if women carried more guns there would be less rape is putting the responsibility of the rape on the woman.
What was really interesting was that after the conservative-audience focused interview with Hannity, Zerlina received extremely hateful and threatening comments with someone even suggesting she deserved to be raped. This is very frightening because viewers of this show either resented the fact that she was not supporting the right to bear arms or because she suggested that males and not women are responsible for rape. Either way, it is embarrassing to our country and scary that viewers may have missed the entire point of her interview.
When you read the title, “Teaching Men Not to Rape” what are your initial thoughts and after reading the article have they changed?
This article is very depressing and reflective of many of the issues we have been discussing regarding the book, Half the Sky. When I read this article I experienced a variety of emotions ranging from disgust, anger, sadness, and astonishment. The references to elderly women being raped in their late 80′s and 90′s was almost too much too much to stomach. This is the kind of article that demands some type of immediate action if it is no more than posting this article on social media sites and blogs to hopefully draw attention to the epidemic that seems to be not just impacting South Africa, but many countries throughout the world.
This article does a great job underlining the ridicule in radical anti-choicers’ arguments. This article points out that radical pro-lifers are often more interested in the mistreatment (punishment) of the women undergoing an abortion than the welfare of children. The unequal treatment of men and women when it comes to anti-choicers’ arguments also reveals a great double standard.
Girls who desire to finish their schooling usually have to live far away from their villages and families in cheap huts called ghettos. The ghettos are buildings without electricity, water, and security for the girls living in them. This has made the girls a prime target for men who want to rape them. It is believed that the 20% drop out rates of girls between 13 and 17 years old is mainly caused by pregnancies from being raped. Usually the ghettos are too far from authorities to stop men from raping the girls, and when girls scream for help no one comes to help them. The girls in the ghettos live in fear that makes it hard for them to sleep and study for their classes. Aid Organizations are working to build dormitories, but there is an understanding that the culture needs to be changed in order to protect women from rape. In one case two men were caught for raping girls in the ghetto, but they were never convicted.
The colonel of the DR Congo Kibibi Mutware is being jailed for crimes against humanity for being responsible for a mass rape. Kibibi sent his soldiers to steal and rape the Fizi on New Year’s Day. More than 60 Fizi women were rape on New Year’s Day. Kibibi is the first commanding officer to be convicted in the DR Congo of rape. Kibibi is being sentenced to 20 years in jail, and five other soldiers are being sentenced to jail for 10 to 15 years. The 2,000 people who attended the court hearings were disappointed because they wanted the death sentence for the colonel. The United Nations reported that there were at least 11,000 rapes in the DR Congo in 2010, but that the real number is probably much higher.