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.
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."
That belief system is expressed clearly by an Australian cleric.
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.
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.
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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