Cyberstalking

Great article today in Women’s ENews:

Cyberstalking turns web technologies into weapons

“Each year, 3.4 million adults are victims of stalking, and 1-in-4 has become the target of cyberstalking–threatening behavior or unwanted advances that use computer communications,” says Karen Baker, director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).

Eighty percent of stalking targets and 60 percent of cyberstalking victims are women, reports the National Violence Against Women Survey.

Female noncombat deaths look suspicious

Interesting article on Women’s Enews today by John Lasker on how female noncombat deaths look suspiciously like sexual violence – but the military denies it:

Mother of one dead soldier suspects sex assault

At least 20 female soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan in “noncombat” circumstances that their families find mysterious. The mother of one talks here about why she thinks sexual violence–not suicide–was her daughter’s real killer.

Women ignored

Excellent article in the New York Times about sexual violence against Bangladeshi women. Just makes me wonder – how can the NY Times keep ignoring women’s human rights violations at the same time they print such an illuminating article on how this issue gets ignored?!?

Note the use of the term “women raped” – this is a passive construct that ignores the perpetrators and highlights the undesirable status women being victims.

Bangladesh war’s toll on women still undiscussed 

As the 40th anniversary of the 1971 war approaches, the Bangladeshi government has set up an International Crimes Tribunal to investigate the atrocities of that era. But human rights advocates and lawyers fear that the mass rapes and killings of women will not be adequately addressed. They hope to ensure they are.

There has been a denial by certain political groups of the history of the war, and a failure to account for the crimes of sexual violence against women,” said Sara Hossain, a human rights lawyer based in Dhaka.

For years, the experiences of women — the independence fighters, the victims of rape, the widows — during the war received little attention, their stories seldom told, the violence they experienced rarely acknowledged.

“As a young teenager in 1971, I had heard a lot about female university students, young village girls and women being raped and held captive, effectively forced into sexual slavery, in the military cantonment. But after the war, very soon, one heard nothing more,” said Irene Khan, former secretary general of Amnesty International.

Irene Khan also says this,

A conservative Muslim society has preferred to throw a veil of negligence and denial on the issue, allowed those who committed or colluded with gender violence to thrive, and left the women victims to struggle in anonymity and shame and without much state or community support.”

Where is the outrage?

Source: AllAfrica.com


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Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC)

Guinea: September 28 Massacre Was Premeditated – in-Depth Investigation Also Documents Widespread Rape

27 October 2009

excerpt:

Human Rights Watch researchers interviewed 27 victims of sexual violence, the majority of whom were raped by more than one person. Witnesses described seeing at least four women murdered by members of the Presidential Guard after being raped, including women who were shot or bayoneted in the vagina. Some victims were penetrated with gun barrels, shoes, and wooden sticks.

WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?!  Jeez, this is disgusting. Evil would not even be sufficient to describe it. THEY’RE MUTILATING AND TORTURING WOMEN – IN THEIR VAGINAS – and nobody’s outraged?!? 

“Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out
the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon
them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either
words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by
the endurance of those whom they oppress.” — Frederick Douglass

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere —Martin Luther King