Half of the Battle: Rape culture
by audreysantello on February 23, 2017 - 12:39pm
Women are being blamed for being too sexy, wearing revealing clothes or drinking and thereby being raped. In fact, according to the article “Women to blame for being raped” written by the United Kingdom Daily Mail, 1/3 of Britons believe a women who flirts with other men is partially or completely responsible for being assaulted sexually. This statistics is hard to believe and very frightening for the future. It demonstrates how society prevails social attitudes that have an effect on the normalization of sexual abuse and assault. This study was made in United Kingdom, but all over the world, an enormous amount of people have this vision of rape. On the contrary, other people find this outraging and want to encourage women to speak out against the harassment made daily against them with the belief that it will reduce these serious abuse. The article “Ethiopia’s women vow to turn tide of violence, rape and murder” discusses many real life situation that have occurred in Ethiopia, such as the story of Hanna Lalango; a 16 year old girl who was abducted by a group of men in her home town in Ethiopia. She was sexually abused over several days and died in result of her injuries, one month later. This story provoked the female Ethiopian activists to take action in reducing sexual violence in the African countries, as it happens too often. The “Justice for Hanna campaign” emerged from this story to encourage women in African countries to speak out in the name of all of those who have been abducted sexually in their life. The goal of this campaign was to reduce sexual abuse. Ethiopia, being an African country considering women as low class and inferior, may be the reason why so much story such as Hanna, happen. If women are not given the same equal rights as men, then rape culture will continue to be normal. In fact, according to an article written by Philip, an author from HowAfrica, Ethiopia is the 10th country with the most rape in the world, with surprisingly Canada in 8th position. Ethiopia is considered the country with the highest rate of violence against women, which most of the time is related with sexual abuse. A report by the United Nations found that 60% of women are victims of sexual violence in their lives. It is very common for the men to kidnap a girl or a women and rape her until she gets pregnant. Girls as young as eleven can be victim of those kidnapping. In the case of Canada, it is reported that 1 in 3 girls have experienced sexual abuse and that only 6% of these were reported to the police. In the past year, many regions of Canada, and in particular Montreal, have taken action to reduce those serious sexual abuse made all over the world to women. “Rallies across Quebec denounce rape culture” written by CTV news Montreal, discusses how women and men rallied throughout Quebec to denounce sexual abuse. More than 1000 people attended this rally and protested at Montreal’s Emilie Gamelin Park before marching to Club Soda. A former journalist, Sue Montgomery, participated to the “been raped, never reported” movement to encourage women and young girls to speak out about how common and horrendous rape is. Speaking and calling out for support is the best way to prevent such things happening. Discussing sexual battle is half of the battle; the next step is to figure out a way to stop it.