Monday, August 10, 2009

Focus on sexual violence during Clinton's Congo visit

by Malavika Balachandran

Among the most horrible of atrocities committed against women worldwide is the sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Caught between warring rebel groups, hundreds of thousands of women have been raped, tortured, sold into sex slavery, and murdered. The countless tales of violence are sickening: soldiers have sliced off women's breasts or fired guns into women's vaginas. Sexual violence is one cause of the rampant spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in addition to increasing the rate of unsafe abortions. There has also been a recent spike in the numbers of men raped by other men.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting the Congo on her tour of Africa, where she is pushing for an end to the conflict in the region and putting an emphasis on the issue of sexual violence. Tomorrow, she will speak with the President and Congolese officials on ending the conflict and the crimes committed against civilians. She will also speak with victims of sexual violence and the organizations that are working to help them.

It's crucial for Clinton to emphasize sexual violence during these talks. Poor women have very little political power, and without advocacy, their basic human rights will continue to be ignored. Despite the potential danger in the region, Clinton is very determined to address these issues. Only through the persistence of powerful individuals can we hope for change.


At August 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM , Anonymous Sixteen Volts said...

But let's get back to the general feminist position on rape. Of course, this position is that since women never lie about rape (no woman is ever mentally ill or has a personality disorder, I guess) and since rape and especially date rape are often so very difficult to prove (unlike assault or murder, a rape don't necessarily leave any physical evidence other than something that establishes that sex took place), feminists believe that the burden of proof for rape should be lower than for other crimes. After all, there are no other crimes in which a "he said, she said" without any other supporting evidence is enough for a guilty verdict. Feminists consider this to be a great injustice against women, since they believe that in a "he said, she said" situation, the man who is accused of rape should have to prove his innocence. Feminists consider a few falsely accused men to be an acceptable price to pay for ensuring that more rapists are convicted and jailed, because you know, all men collectively oppress women and benefit from patriarchy and rape culture.

And of course, feminists are totally blind to their blatant hypocrisy: when violent crimes are committed against men, feminists and other leftists generally want the burden of proof to be much higher and punishments much more lenient than they are now! This is clear in practically every death penalty case. For example, I'm pretty sure that the evidence against Tookie Williams was so strong that feminists would consider it to be a great injustice if some serial rapist was set free despite equally strong evidence against him.

At August 16, 2009 at 1:03 PM , Anonymous julian said...

Yeah, generalizations can really make you mad, right Sixteen Volts?


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