Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sheik: Rape Caused Not By Criminals But By Victims

Herald Sun

THE devastated father of a teenage girl shown degraded and sexually abused on a DVD vows to hunt down those responsible. The film shows up to 12 youths from the outer western suburb of Werribee [in Australia] attacking the girl, said to be intellectually impaired. It shows members of the group urinating on the girl, setting fire to her hair and shows her performing lurid acts on the boys. DVD copies of the video have been sold in schools in Melbourne's west for $5.


"I guess we will see what the (community) response is, but this taints the students of Werribee and (the City of) Wyndham in a very unfair way," he said. "A very small percentage of youth in Werribee and Wyndham have been involved, but all our youth will be tarred with the same brush."

I believe that the worst of our citizens, whether they be American or Australian, reflect many of the beliefs held by those who see themselves as good and who would never rape. One of these beliefs in this case is that it is the duty of potential victims to avoid danger and that violence will be dismissed when the accused is acceptable in some way, whether it is social position or blood relation.

That belief system is expressed clearly by an Australian cleric.


Sheik Hilaly's reported comments, made in a Ramadan sermon, compared women who wore make-up and dressed immodestly to meat that attracted cats. He blamed women who "sway suggestively" and who wore make-up and no hijab (Islamic scarf) for sexual attacks.

"If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it ... whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat?" he said.

"The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred."

Mr Howard said the sheik's remarks clearly related to a "particularly appalling" rape trial in Sydney.

Other than the analogy used and what garb should be used to preserve modesty this is the same basic idea many Christians have about rape. All those who advocate for modesty as rape prevention or who admonish women not to tempt their Christian brothers have no right to attack this sheik because he is their Muslim counterpart.

If people condemn him they must also condemn all those who talk about women who might as well have a "rape me" sign hanging around their neck.

This idea works under the assumption that all men are rapists and the only way to keep men from raping is to keep them from seeing something that triggers their lust. It puts all responsibility in the hands of potential victims and views men as Pavlov's rapists.

This idea rejects the existence of innocent victims and turns them all into temptresses overpowering weak-willed men.

This idea says that rape is as natural as eating.

This idea turns women into objects to be consumed by men.

This idea is bullshit.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 9:35 AM   5 comments links to this post


At October 26, 2006 10:29 AM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Dear Marcella,
Thank you for posting this article, the true of blaming someone for rape/sexual assaults is always easier to do, that may never go away, blaming the victim. All the more reason to education and bring awareness like you do everyday. Your a great advocate Marcella keep the fight for truth and justice going. Sincerely Holly Desimone

At October 26, 2006 6:34 PM, Blogger Laura said...

'This idea is bullshit.'

Too fucking right. Excellently written post, btw :)

At October 26, 2006 9:54 PM, Blogger Karma said...

I agree!!! We must stand up against such beliefs.

At October 26, 2006 11:32 PM, Blogger Tracie said...

I agree completely!

The fact that anyone would come out and blame this girl for what happened to her (or blame any rape survivor!) is apalling! Absolute bullshit.

At October 27, 2006 4:35 PM, Blogger Z said...

So is it true then, that men look through different lenses and see all women as pieces of juicy meat walking around?

Do men not actually see us, as people?

Do they not hear us when we ask them to stop?

Are we just meat alone, and nothing more?

Why can women see the humanity of men but men just see meat when they look at a woman?

For many years I have described my father as a 'mad scientist' and how he just saw everybody around him as being pieces of meat - he was the only 'real' being - the only one who mattered at all - everyone else was there for his pleasure, and for him to experiment on.

People like this need to be weeded out somehow and put out of everyone elses misery.

They are defective and I see no use for them what-so-ever in this world.


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