The tactic is simple: if you really want to defeat and humiliate your enemy, gang rape their wives and daughters. By not being able to protect their women, their authority is undermined and their honor destroyed. As Nicolas Kristof points out in “Half The Sky,”
“rape becomes a tool of war in conservative societies precisely because female sexuality is so sacred.”
The stories and videos on my blog can be very disturbing and sad, but those horrible things are happening to our sisters at this very moment. Being educated on these issues help us become aware and empowered. Use that power and education to make a difference and improve someone’s life.
Women have been silent for too long. It is time for all women, young and old, to stand together as one. It is not only our privilege, but our responsibility to help our sisters in areas of the world where they have little, if any, respect from men.
A quote that I like by Nadezhda Mandelstam, a Russian writer, illustrates my point:
I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.
So this is me screaming. Screaming to make some sort of difference. Screaming because I know that what is going on is wrong, and that I can’t be silent. Millions were killed in the Holocaust when the world was silent. Together we can stop this, together our screams can and will be heard.