A 14-year-old girl in Bangladesh, who was raped by her cousin, was sentenced to 101 lashes for “adultery” and died. Hena Akhter from rural Shariatpur was the fifth child of a day laborer and his wife. An older male cousin — who was forced to marry his wife because he had raped her 15 years ago — returned from working abroad a year ago and began harassing Hena on her way to and from school. Her parents complained to village elders and the cousin was told to pay $1,000. However, because the cousin was the son of Hena’s father’s older brother, Hena’s father was asked to let the matter drop. Then Hena was walking back from an outdoor toilet one winter night when her cousin allegedly grabbed her, gagged her with a cloth and raped her. The cousin’s wife discovered Hena being sexually assaulted and beat her as well.
But no, they didn’t call it “rape.” They called it “adultery.” Keep reading »
All women are responsible for their own rapes, duh, which is why a Toronto police officer brilliantly advised the female students of Osgoode Hall Law School in January that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Yeah, a cop actually offered that as a “safety tip.” In response to this victim-blaming, “sluts and allies” are taking to the streets on April 3 for a SlutMarch. The activists organizing the event say they’re taking the term “slut” that the police officer used in a derogatory manner and re-appropriating as a point of pride, which I love. Canucks can find all the SlutWalk details here; we hope some Frisky readers will attend and tell us about it. Watch out, Toronto — the sluts are coming! (Thanks to commenter Taurwen for the post idea.) [SlutWalk Toronto, Excalibur CA] Keep reading »
On Saturday, Libyan woman Eman al-Obeidy walked into a hotel in Tripoli, Libya, populated by foreign journalists in order to let the world know that Col. Moammar Qaddafi’s military forces had beaten and raped her. What followed was a violent scuffle, as al-Obeidy was forcibly removed by Qaddafi’s men, despite the protests and protections of international media. It was a violent and graphic reminder that women and girls often face specific and harrowing abuse in times of war and conflict.
According to reports, al-Obeidy barged into the breakfast room at the Hotel Rixos, where journalists had been staying at the behest of Qaddafi’s regime, and breathlessly told members of the media that she had been repeatedly raped and violated by 15 of Qaddafi’s men. “They say that we are all Libyans and we are one people,” she said. “But look at what the Qaddafi men did to me,” pointing to a bruise on her face, a scar on her thy and scratch marks on her leg. “I was tied up, and they defecated and urinated on me. They violated my honor.” Al-Obeidy stressed that the real story of the struggle in Libya wasn’t being told. “There is no media coverage outside,” she said. “They swore at me and they filmed me. I was alone. There was whiskey. I was tied up. I am not scared of anything. I will be locked up immediately after this.” She added: “Look at my face. Look at my back.”
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The “Woman’s Right to Know Act” sounds so innocuous, doesn’t it? Of course women have a right to know! Alas, when it comes to restricting abortion access, it’s never innocuous.
The “Woman’s Right to Know Act,” passed by a Florida House subcommittee on Tuesday, would require women to view an ultrasound of her fetus before an abortion, or sign paperwork saying she had been offered the ultrasound but refused to see it. Rape and incest victims would have to provide proof that a crime had been committed against them if they wanted to opt out. Because, you know, making some poor teen girl prove she was impregnanted by her father is so compassionate and all. Keep reading »
Real men may have been pussified by man-hating, hairy-legged feminazis, so it’s a good thing they have XBox 360 games as an outlet for lady-slapping, alien-killing machismo. The much-anticipated Duke Nukem Forever game from Gearbox Software is where enlightened gender relations go to die. The “Be The One Man Army Who Always Gets The Babes” theme encourages dudes to save us poor, helpless females from getting impregnated (i.e. raped) by alien invaders. While saving the little woman from the bad guy is a well-trod theme of video games (and “dick flicks”), Duke Nukem Forever‘s got a lovely domestic violence-y element. According to The Official Xbox Magazine, if the lady “freaks out” while she’s being saved from impending alien rape, Duke can smack her across the face until she “calms down.” You know, slap some sense into the silly bitch! Keep reading »
Student dress codes are a controversial topic, but there is no justification at all for blaming a rape victim for the way she was dressed. While arguing in favor of a dress code for Florida students, Republican State Representative Kathleen Passidomo referenced the 11-year-old Cleveland, Texas, girl who was gang raped by 18 men in November and whose ordeal was recently reported in The New York Times. Passidomo said:
“There was an article about an 11-year-old girl who was gang raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students.”
Oh. Hell. No. Keep reading »
The barfy things that frat boys do know no bounds. Fellow ladyblog Jezebel obtained an email yesterday which was allegedly written by a brother in USC’s Kappa Sigma fraternity instructing his brethren on how to “rate” their conquests. There’s a numbered scale, people. Oh, and rape jokes. Keep reading »
UPDATE: A spokeswoman for The New York Times defended the article to Yahoo.com’s Cutline blog yesterday and the paper also published a critical letter to the editor online.
A tragic gang rape story out of Cleveland, Texas, has been made all the more worse by a New York Times article that tells us the 11-year-old victim hung out with teenaged boys, wore makeup, and “dressed older.” So many journalistic aspects of this New York Times article, written by James C. McKinnley, Jr., are so badly handled with regards to sensitivity towards sexual assault victims that it makes me want to haul their entire editorial team in for an educational session on rape myths. Keep reading »
Texas, you are rivaling South Dakota in anti-abortion suckitude: the state’s House of Representatives approved anti-abortion legislation that many would call downright cruel. A woman who is a victim of rape or incest, or one whose much-desired fetus has dangerous fetal abnormalities, would be required to get an ultrasound and listen to a description of the fetus and then wait 24 hours before an abortion. But don’t worry, ladies. These kind politicians agreed that you can look away or put on headphones during this rigamarole so you don’t have to hear a fetal heartbeat. A doctor who doesn’t perform a sonogram before giving a woman an abortion could lose his or her license.
Disgusting. Keep reading »