Beyond Rape: Horrors in the Congo

Remember Rapex, that anti-rape device that made the rounds a few months back to safeguard South African women from sexual predators? While I’m all for women protecting their holiest of holies, I was a bit hesitant the device would do more harm than good, as an enraged rapist may resort to murder once his Mr. Happy was trapped within the device. Well, it looks like the item would be of some use, but not in South Africa.

Women in the Congo are currently facing horrendous acts of violence at the hands of butchers, some of which were involved in the Rwanada massacres of the mid-’90s. CNN reports:

“Women are gang-raped, often in front of their families and communities. In numerous cases, male relatives are forced at gun point to rape their own daughters, mothers or sisters,” she said. After rape, many women were shot or stabbed in the genital area, and survivors told Erturk that while held as slaves by the gangs they had been forced to eat excrement or the flesh of their murdered relatives. Women who have been raped are systematically rejected by their families and society.

Although the Democratic Republic of the Congo outlawed sexual violence last year, rapists still have free reign – especially those who work for the state. While I’m all for nations having their own autonomy, I’m also big believer in swooping in and delivering ass-whoppings when the watchmen fall corrupt. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – Jay Wilson

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