Never mind the crucifixion, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, gang-rape and beheading of just a few thousand Christian, Sunni and Yezidi women in Iraq and Syria. An American feminist campaigner has just reminded us the real problem lies at home: with the tens, if not dozens, of vulnerable girls on US college campuses whose orchestrated rape every year by gangs of ISIS-like football jocks and Phi Beta Kappa preppies has gone almost completely ignored by the authorities.
From 9:30 in the morning, men would come to buy girls to rape them. I saw in front of my eyes ISIS soldiers pulling hair, beating girls, and slamming the heads of anyone who resisted. They were like animals….
Once they took the girls out, they would rape them and bring them back to exchange for new girls. The girls’ ages ranged from 8 to 30 years… only 20 girls remained in the end.
Merely distancing ourselves from “them” and their immoral behavior doesn’t help break down the barriers women still face in our own society.
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating more than for their inadequate responses to sexual assault complaints. A Yale fraternity remains after pledges marched on campus in 2010 “No means yes, yes means anal,” leading to a federal of the college’s “failure to eliminate a hostile sexual environment.”
ISIS’ treatment of Yazidi women as sexual slaves may seem far removed from fraternity or athletic team members’ treatment of women as sexual objects for conquest, however the results are distressingly similar.
As tempting as it is to deny the parallels, we must acknowledge that institutionalized rape exists throughout the world and in the face of legal prohibitions.
Recognition will help identify and eliminate the behaviors within our own culture.