Changing Attitudes to Change Culture on Rape

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This story is a bit old, but I have been wanting to cover it for a while. So here’s my take on this story.

Rape is a horrible problem that happens worldwide. It is even worse in conflict situations, where it is used to shame the women and their men. In some cultures, women are killed for being raped. Even if she’s allowed to live, she’s usually considered pretty undesirable.

Syria is one of those countries. And with the recent conflict, women have been raped.

After hearing about it, some men decided to step forward and offer to marry them. So far as I can tell, they’ve never met them. They’ve never seen them. They don’t know who it is they’re going to marry. But they’re doing it because they don’t agree with how the other men have used these women.

And that – is a powerful thing. It sends a message, both to these woman and to these rapists. To the women it says, someone wants you. You are desirable. You don’t have to live the rest of your life in shame. To the rapists it says, you can’t take them from us. You can’t make them not count.

And that – is how cultures get changed. When places where the long-standing history is that rape brings immense shame has men who say, no. Because really, cultures of violence against women, can only get so far by educating the women. The men are the one who need education, who need to stand up and say this is not okay, because usually the men are the one perpetuating these crimes. And these men are doing that. And when the men and the women in a culture stand up and say this is not okay, it is the first step to ending it.

Enjoy the read: Syrian Men Promise to Marry Women Who Were Raped

Unfortunately it’s not just in Syria that women are getting raped. They are getting raped in India. They are getting raped here in the US, using abortion as a coverup. Celebrities are facing rape. It is a problem that is far, far too common.

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