The U.S. Senate on Thursday defeated an impassioned legislative push to reduce the growing problem of sex assault in the armed forces by overhauling the way the military prosecutes serious crimes.
“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”Malcolm X
The prosecution tried to use George Zimmerman’s words against him in its closing arguments Thursday.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.—George Washington
Gang rape, the dark side of Egypt’s protests
Last week, a 22-year-old Dutch journalist was gang-raped in Tahrir Square and had to undergo surgery for severe injuries. The assault reminds us yet again of an often overlooked aspect of the Egyptian revolution. This is just one of scores of vicious rapes and beatings of female protesters.
Last year, a UNICEF survey showed 91% of Egyptian women between the ages of 15-49 said they had to undergo female genital mutilation. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality in May reported that 99.3% of Egyptian women interviewed said they had been subjected to some form of sexual violence. Rape victims almost never go to the hospital and certainly not the police. There are no medical protocols for rape, and police treat female victims as prostitutes.