how did this world of hope for a better future for all so quickly disintegrate into a feeding frenzy over dwindling natural resources? why are americans so willing to send their young abroad to die in pointless, vanity wars that only result in the loss of our human rights and vast profits for corporations?
and why – WHY – aren’t more people alarmed about the international war against women, which raging worldwide?
just some examples:
Aquí se viola.
Aquí se mata.
Here they rape,
Here they kill.
Chiapas, May, 2009
The most dangerous part of the migrant trail through Mexico, where undocumented Central Americans have no protection and where the horrors seem ceaseless and locals seem deaf to cries for help, is La Arrocera. Over the course of a year of walking that migrant trail, I heard the stories of hundreds of attacks on migrants, of people beaten to a pulp, of murder, of women screaming while they were raped in the hills, while, just beyond them, Mexico refused to listen.
Luis Flores, as head of the International Organization for Migration in Tapachula, Mexico, leads community education projects in the area and case manages Central American human trafficking victims. Here, he explained to me, migrant women are turned into a product. “They come having already been raped, abused, they come from dysfunctional families in which, many times, it was their father or uncle who raped them. What many of them won’t tell you, is that they knew they’d be raped on this journey, while migrating, that they feel it’s a sort of bill that must be paid. According to the Guatemalan government, it’s estimated that eight of every ten Central American migrant women suffer some form of sexual abuse in Mexico. It’s six of every ten, according to a study done by Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies. They travel with that lodged in their minds, knowing that they’ll be abused once, twice, three times [...] Sexual abuse has lost it’s terror. At a certain level, they know they’re victims, but they don’t feel that way. Their logic runs like this: yes, this is happening to me, but I took the chance, I knew it would happen.”
Of every 250 migrants who were raped, and who participated in a survey by the International Organization of Migration, only 50 accepted medical and counseling help. Many said they thought it would be pointless because they thought it would happen to them again, that there was still a lot of road left to walk.
over 50,000 american military women have been sexually assaulted by u.s. soldiers
This article is part 4 in the five-part series, “The Battlefield and the Barracks: Two War Fronts for Women Soldiers. “
Nearly 90 percent of soldiers wounded in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – some 35,000 – survived battle injuries, thanks to breakthroughs in US state-of-the art military medicine, among them, surgical techniques, regenerative medicine and prosthetics. Neither the Department of Defense (DoD) nor the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), though, was prepared with the same cutting-edge treatment for the one in three women soldiers in those same wars – an estimated 70,000 – who were sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers.
The VHA is the agency within the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responsible for picking up the pieces of lives injured and shattered by combat, war trauma and military sexual assault. It will be faced, over the next months and years, with a tsunami of severe injury and illness from the DoD’s largely feckless sexual assault prevention programs.
Afghanistan’s teen brides who set themselves alight
Flayed by a fire she began herself, Aatifa’s childlike frame is painstakingly wrapped in thick bandages — her shrieks of “Allah” echoing around the hospital ward where surgeons prepare to graft skin back on to her skeletal torso.
Her wide blue eyes alternating between flashes of anger and wells of tears, the 16-year-old Afghan girl struggles to explain what led her to douse her own body in petrol, step outside and light a match.
Married at the age of 14, the young carpet-weaver, who has nine brothers and sisters, said her mother-in-law criticised her housework and encouraged her mechanic husband to beat her for allowing her mother to visit too often.
She complained to authorities but was berated for causing trouble. Later told that her husband hated her and would marry a second woman, she swung between anger and depression before carrying out her masochistic deed.
Read more, from the revolutionary association of the women of afghanistan
An Ethiopian domestic worker in Lebanon who was filmed being physically abused in public has committed suicide, local media have reported.
The video, first aired by Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) last week, caused outrage by showing a man abusing Alem Dechasa as she cried on a street outside the Ethiopian embassy in Beirut.
The man was shown grabbing Dechasa and telling her, “get into the car” while she screamed out, “no, no, no”. Another man then assisted in dragging Dechasa into the back of a car as she struggled to resist.
Asaminew Debelie Bonssa, Ethiopian general consul in Lebanon, told The Daily Star newspaper in Beirut that Dechasa committed suicide by hanging herself early on Wednesday morning at a psychiatric hospital where she had been taken after the incident.
Bonssa told The Daily Star that he had seen Dechasa on Saturday in the hospital and that she was making plans to return to Ethiopia.
Moroccan girl commits suicide after being forced to marry her rapist
A 16-year-old Moroccan girl has reportedly killed herself after a judge ordered her to marry the man that raped her.
The teen, known only as Amina, ate rat poison after the Tangier judge ruled that her 26-year-old rapist could marry her instead of going to jail, according to the Moroccan publication al-Massae.
The ruling came after Amina’s family asked the court to punish the man. The paper said that Amina committed suicide at the home of her husband’s family.
Under Moroccan law, a rapist may be exempted from punishment if he agrees to marry his victim. Local tradition holds that forcible marriage protects the honor of the woman who is raped.
Women’s Solidarity Association director Hafida Elbaz has called for the penal code to be updatedso that rapists cannot avoid sanctions.
from raw story
Canadian women allege U.S. border groping
Four female U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Detroit are being sued by three Canadian women who allege they were sexually fondled at the border.
The lawsuit involved three separate incidents of women trying to enter the United States at the Windsor, Ontario-Detroit border dating back to January 2011, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.
Lawyer Tom Wienner of Rochester, Mich., is representing the women, who allege their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches were violated, the Windsor Star reported.
While two of the Canadian women don’t want to be identified, one of the plaintiffs, 33-year-old Leslie Ingratta told the Star she was ordered to undress in a holding cell and underwent “an invasive personal search” involving her breasts, groin and buttocks.
“It was a horrible experience altogether,” she said.
U.S. Customs officials declined to comment on the allegations, the Free Press said.
Since last year, there have been two other lawsuits involving allegations of excessive strip searches by female officers at the same border crossing, the report said.
Read more: from the detroit free press, via upi
texas law forces nonconsentual penetration for women seeking abortions
The abortion sonogram legislation that passed the Texas House and Senate requires a doctor to perform a sonogram on a woman at least 24 hours before she has an abortion. During the sonogram, the doctor must describe the fetus or embryo; the woman can choose whether she wants to see images from the sonogram or listen to the heartbeat. Victims of sexual assault or incest are allowed to opt out of even hearing the description, regardless of whether they’ve filed a police report. The bill also includes an exception for medical emergencies.
After passing the Legislature during the 2011 session, the new law was immediately held up in court, after opponents challenged its constitutionality. In January 2012, a federal appeals court said Texas must enforce the law while it is being challenged in court.
The Senate originally approved a version that would allow all women a two-hour waiting period, but disagreement with the House led to a compromise: Women who live more than 100 miles from the nearest abortion provider can receive a sonogram two hours in advance of an abortion.
In a dramatic scene on Capitol Hill, several Democrats walked out of a congressional hearing on the Obama administration’s rule that would require health insurance plans, including those provided by Catholic-affiliated hospitals and universities, to offer free contraceptives for health-related issues and birth control. The lawmakers took action after the committee chair blocked testimony from a female witness who supports the mandate. We’re joined by D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who walked out of the hearing, and the witness who was barred from testifying, Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke. Georgetown is a Catholic university whose health plan does not cover contraception. [includes rush transcript]
‘US military condones culture of rape’
According to several women who have served in the US armed forces, the US military has been accused of showing a high degree of tolerance for sexual violence and condoning a culture of rape.
Eight current and former female US soldiers filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington on Tuesday, charging that they were raped or sexually harassed while serving in the military.
According to AP, the women have also claimed in the lawsuit that they faced retaliation when they complained about the abuse.
The lawsuit accuses US military commanders of showing a “high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks” and failing to take action to tackle the problem.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former defense secretaries Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld and former Navy secretaries are among the defendants.
The US Defense Department admitted in January that the number of rape cases in the military is around 19,000 a year.
Eight current and former female members of the U.S. military allege in a lawsuit they were raped, assaulted or sexually harassed while in the military and were retaliated against when they complained.
The suit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington is the latest to allege widespread sexual violence in the world’s most powerful military. It comes less than two months after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced new steps to curb thousands of sexual assaults a year.
The lawsuit accuses military leaders of having a “high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks” and failing to take steps to deal with the problem despite avowals to do so.
The eight women include a Marine on active duty and seven veterans of the Marine Corps and Navy. Seven allege a fellow service member raped or tried to sexually assault them, and an eighth said she was harassed while deployed in Iraq.
Defendants include Panetta and former and current Defense and Navy secretaries and Marine Corps commandants.
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