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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:00 PM

A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year. Hate Crimes in America (and Elsewhere)

This piece is incredible. The introduction (The Longest War) would make a nice blog post on its own. The rest of it is a brilliant summary of a civil rights issue that has been treated as inevitable, or even the natural order of things, for far, far too long.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175641/tomgram%3A_rebecca_solnit,_the_longest_war/

By Rebecca Solnit

Here in the United States, where there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime, the rape and gruesome murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi on December 16th was treated as an exceptional incident. The story of the alleged rape of an unconscious teenager by members of the Steubenville High School football team was still unfolding, and gang rapes arenít that unusual here either. Take your pick: some of the 20 men who gang-raped an 11-year-old in Cleveland, Texas, were sentenced in November, while the instigator of the gang rape of a 16-year-old in Richmond, California, was sentenced in October, and four men who gang-raped a 15-year-old near New Orleans were sentenced in April, though the six men who gang-raped a 14-year-old in Chicago last fall are still at large. Not that I actually went out looking for incidents: theyíre everywhere in the news, though no one adds them up and indicates that there might actually be a pattern.

There is, however, a pattern of violence against women thatís broad and deep and horrific and incessantly overlooked. Occasionally, a case involving a celebrity or lurid details in a particular case get a lot of attention in the media, but such cases are treated as anomalies, while the abundance of incidental news items about violence against women in this country, in other countries, on every continent including Antarctica, constitute a kind of background wallpaper for the news.

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Here I want to say one thing: though virtually all the perpetrators of such crimes are men, that doesnít mean all men are violent. Most are not. In addition, men obviously also suffer violence, largely at the hands of other men, and every violent death, every assault is terrible. But the subject here is the pandemic of violence by men against women, both intimate violence and stranger violence.

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We have far more than 87,000 rapes in this country every year, but each of them is invariably portrayed as an isolated incident. We have dots so close theyíre splatters melting into a stain, but hardly anyone connects them, or names that stain. In India they did. They said that this is a civil rights issue, itís a human rights issue, itís everyoneís problem, itís not isolated, and itís never going to be acceptable again. It has to change. Itís your job to change it, and mine, and ours.

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Reply A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year. Hate Crimes in America (and Elsewhere) (Original post)
redqueen Jan 2013 OP
niyad Jan 2013 #1
bench scientist Jan 2013 #2
meow2u3 Jan 2013 #3
redqueen Jan 2013 #4
smirkymonkey Jan 2013 #10
seabeyond Jan 2013 #5
redqueen Jan 2013 #6
redqueen Jan 2013 #7
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #12
ismnotwasm Jan 2013 #16
redqueen Jan 2013 #17
coffeenap Jan 2013 #8
redqueen Jan 2013 #9
smirkymonkey Jan 2013 #11
ismnotwasm Jan 2013 #13
redqueen Jan 2013 #18
Heidi Jan 2013 #14
okaawhatever Jan 2013 #15
MadrasT Jan 2013 #19
redqueen Jan 2013 #20
OldEurope Jan 2013 #21
redqueen Jan 2013 #23
OldEurope Jan 2013 #22

Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:05 PM

1. k and r

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:17 PM

2. thanks redqueen for this.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:31 PM

3. Rape and other violence against women should be prosecuted as hate crimes

Especially gang rapes. Victims are targeted because they're women and the crime is intended to intimidate women into silence. That qualifies many rapes as hate crimes at best and domestic terrorism at worst.

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Response to meow2u3 (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:09 PM

10. +10.000

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:27 PM

5. excellent article. will get back to a reply after drop son off at airport.... yea. nt

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:10 PM

6. It's amazing, isn't it?

She managed to include so much.

Hope the trip goes smoothly.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:07 PM

7. one vanity kick

Seems to me this is an important issue.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:52 AM

12. seems to me too that this is an important issue

Yet like most threads informing and asking that this subject be addressed, it is getting very little attention.

If there were a pattern as BIG as this occuring in any other demographic, I think the response would be a lot different.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:21 AM

16. Exactly

As the article points out, violence against women is so the norm, that prevention is focused on women 'protecting' themselves, and ignores the larger issues of the whats who and whys and hows of perpetrating violence and what can be done to end it---not just avoid it and treat it as some sort of natural consequence of being a woman.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:26 AM

17. If it was abiut a single event,

one of those which gets media attention, as described in the article, it would get attention.

But for some reason if the subject is the big picture... the pattern of dots which is almost a stain... I don't know... maybe if's just too much?

I certainly do not understand. But it is a civil rights issue. We can't keep letting only individual cases get treated as if they deserve attention. We have to start making the pattern the issue.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:46 PM

8. Thank you for posting this-

I will be sharing it with my college-age daughter and her friends, many of whom are budding activists for women's rights.

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Response to coffeenap (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:08 PM

9. I would say it is my pleasure...

but this is a painful reality to have to recognize...

I'm glad you find it informative and useful. I can say that much.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:11 PM

11. K&R, Great OP.

Thanks! I have had a very anger filled day (which is unusual for me these days) so I won't go off on a rant, but this did get me going quite a bit.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:02 AM

13. This

Gay men have been good allies of mine for almost four decades. (Apparently same-sex marriage horrifies conservatives because itís marriage between equals with no inevitable roles.) Womenís liberation has often been portrayed as a movement intent on encroaching upon or taking power and privilege away from men, as though in some dismal zero-sum game, only one gender at a time could be free and powerful. But we are free together or slaves together.



Damn.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:54 AM

18. Powerful stuff.

I hope we start making the effort to deal with the cause, instead of seeing only the symptoms.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:11 AM

14. Kick!

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:19 AM

15. The southern poverty law center has a map of hate groups in the u.s. see if there's any

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:20 AM

19. K&R

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Response to MadrasT (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:32 AM

20. Thanks!

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:09 AM

21. Thank you for posting this!

It's even more disturbing as your fellow DUers are cheering about how women are "allowed" to die in combat now, too.

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Response to OldEurope (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:41 AM

23. That's a separate, and complicated, issue...

I shared my thoughts on that in a different thread.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022254604

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:18 AM

22. And another

horrifying fact: much too often those scumbags get away with it, like this http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022257155

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