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Gang Rape Culture 3

“Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious—and the most tolerated—human rights violations,” — UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. 
A 16-year-old girl was raped by over 30 men in a Rio de Janeiro favela. Among the 30 men, not one of them stopped to ask why? Her body and all of her rights were completely violated. She was filmed with her vagina bleeding and men laughing in the background. The video was liked by more than 500 people on the Twitter feed of one of the rapists. She was unconscious. She had been raped by over 30 men.
This heinous crime was then transformed into a joke on social media. “They knocked her out, understand?,” read one of the comments. The girl’s grandmother told CBN radio that the she used to go to favelas and at times would be away for days without any news. She also revealed that she had been a drug user for around four years, and was the mother of a 3-year-old boy.
Soon, the victim’s personal life gave way to excuses for the crime, giving continuity to the machinery of rape culture that normalizes such horrible acts of violence. For some people, men in particular, it is easier to forget about the crime and focus on the victim. What follows is a cruel line of questioning that usually looks something like this:
“What if she were asking for it?” 

“Oh, but wasn’t she a user?” 
“Why did she go out, then?” 
“Maybe she deserved it?”.
Visibly shaken, upon her release from the hospital, the girl told O Globo: “When I woke up, there were 33 guys all around me.”
She told the newspaper that she had gone to spend the night at her boyfriend’s house on Friday, and that she only woke up on Sunday, after everything had taken place. The investigation is ongoing.
Nothing can justify rape. Nothing.
Further, the practice of trying to direct blame towards the victim is sad, disturbing and revolting. It is often perpetrated by relatively healthy men who live in a society in which relationships are guided by power and submission. This type of culture allows men to commit this type of crime and then delegitimize the victim.
Rape is the cruelest way for a man to show a woman “who’s in charge.” Rape is not sex, it is not an exchange of emotion, it is not affection. Rape is a clear demonstration of power over another person. It is violence, it is constraint, it is violation, it is torture, it is disrespect, it is cruelty, it is atrocity, it is a crime which manifests itself in various ways.
More than accepted, rape is taught. From the time we are young, we are taught to protect ourselves. It is assumed that because we belong to the female sex, we will be attacked, violated at some point in our lives (in fact, it is estimated that nearlyone in every five women will be a victim of sexual abuse during their lifetime). However, with boys, the cult of the “phallus” and open legs, free and ready to take charge, rules the day.
It is as part of this unbalanced cycle in which these children become adults.
Men who rape are not far away. Men who believe that women exist solely in relation to themselves are not far away. Women are abused every 11 minutes in Brazil. And we must not forget that until 2009, rape was considered a crime against honor. Even today, in 2016, rape is one of the least reported and most silenced crimes in Brazil.
Around 50,000 cases of rape are registered every year in Brazil, and it is estimated that this represents only 10 percent of the actual number of cases. An abused woman, most of the time, withdraws her complaint in fear of retaliation, shame of being exposed, fear of being judged for violence that another has committed against her.
The statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN Women, is increasingly clear. Violence against women is still the world’s most tolerated human rights violation.


Brutal Gang Rape in Brazil Triggers Fury from Civil Society 29 maggio 2016

Reports Of Brutal Rape In India, Brazil Ignite National Debate 31 maggio 2016

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