Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Somali Girl Reported Rape Got Arrested And Executed

From the BBC:

A young woman recently stoned to death in Somalia first pleaded for her life, a witness has told the BBC. "Don't kill me, don't kill me," she said, according to the man who wanted to remain anonymous. A few minutes later, more than 50 men threw stones.

Human rights group Amnesty International says the victim was a 13-year-old girl who had been raped.

Initial reports had said she was a 23-year-old woman who had confessed to adultery before a Sharia court. The witness says she was forced into a hole, buried up to her neck then pelted with stones until she died in front of more than 1,000 people.

This girl's father said that his daughter was raped by 3 men who weren't arrested.

I shouldn't have to say that I view this as sanctioned murder, but I do and I believe it is murder.

If this girl confessed as alleged by those who authorized this stoning I believe it was a coerced confession designed to allow those who intended to see this girl be killed to claim that they killed a confessed criminal, not a rape victim.

If this was a wrongful stoning, the rape victim is the only one to blame.

This story for many provides a contrast between us and them, but the underlying actions of instant disbelief and a lack of investigation are still common in the US and too many people here claim that our current system coddles liars and should be rolled back to pre-feminist days.

Too many here in the US do nothing to protect crime victims who rightfully report being raped from being coerced into confessing that they weren't raped. Many of these people who do nothing to protect rape victims deny that rape victims can be coerced into a false recantation.

But their claim has been proven to be false as shown by the rape case in Madison, Wisconsin where a victim of stranger rape was coerced into recanting, charged with a crime and had to fight against the police to have the forensic evidence processed. That forensic evidence matched with a sex offender who was later convicted of raping her. The city finally agreed to compensate her for how she was mistreated shortly before the book Cry Rape about her experience was released.

One anti-feminist responded to the jailing of rape victims in Afghanistan by noting what he clearly saw as a silver lining that men there aren't victims of false rape accusations. I wonder if that man finds a similar silver lining in this case.

And of course that man would view the backlash against his views as proof that feminists hate men and aren't interested in the fate of men falsely accused of rape.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:45 AM   1 comments links to this post


At November 05, 2008 2:23 PM, Blogger JENNIFER DREW said...

Yes indeed excuses are always made in respect of men's accountability for committing rape. Doubtless the stoning of a 13 year old Somali girl will be justified because some will say she must have enacted 'precocious female sexuality' which caused the group rapists to lose their self control. Justification can be always be used to uphold and maintain male power and control over women's and girls' bodies.


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