Today we are talking about a complex and disgusting (on my opinion) crime, along with many others: rape. It’s not easy to analyse because in several parts of the world it’s still rarely reported, while rape statistics are more available in advanced countries.
For completeness, let’s define rape:
“unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of the victim.”
According to rainn.org, sexual violence affects millions of Americans. Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) only in the USA each year, with younger people being at the highest risk of sexual violence. But it goes beyond that, touching transgender people, Native Americans, prisoners, etc. For the full report you can read the article “Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics“.
Therefore, it’s a kind of plague, affecting the whole world. For that reason, in 2011 a transnational movement of protest marches was born: “SlutWalk“. They call for an end to rape culture, including victim blaming and slut shaming of sexual assault victims. Specifically, participants protest against explaining or excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman’s appearance.
And this year it happened in Jerusalem where hundreds gathered for the protest. Mostly young Israelis, many wearing just bras and shorts, staged the “SlutWalk” through central Jerusalem (along Jaffa Road and near religiously conservative Ultra-Orthodox Jewish areas) last Friday, June 2nd 2017, to defend their right to dress as they want without being assaulted. Also some men participated to the protest.
The annual march (it took place last year 2016 too) was escorted by the police and passed off with no incident.
Rape is a serious stuff – this is for sure – and it’s ALWAYS wrong (in my opinion), there’s no excuse. But the question I would like to make today is: “will the protest be enough? Is it really a matter of religion or civilization? If men have the obligation to respect women and any other living being, what are instead the women’s obligations – or at least their decent behaviour?
In the mean time, this is the top 10 list of countries with maximum rape crimes and most of them are the most developed countries where the society seems to be more tolerant on dressing. You can make some further research and go deep into the topic, then you make your reflections.
But the question remains: is a “slut march” enough and the right move? Is it achieving any positive results since 2011? Even if all men (and people) will stop any kind of rape, will this stop them to create a not very kind opinion on the “slut dressed girls”?
Your opinion really does matter. What do you think it’s the best solution? Is it really a matter of rights or it goes beyond that and we need to also change the people’s heart and faith first?