Rape culture: What can we do to stop rape?

Last week a 16-year-old girl have suffered a rape from more than 33 men in a slung in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The case became famous because one of the rapists have exposed a video and pictures of the rape online. The news was outrageous, however, lots of people, including the former investigate gator of the case have given statements blaming the victim, which lead to a massive amount of posts on social media about Rape culture and how this issue is being actually seen by society. Education seems to be the best alternative understand how sexism and violence work together in turning being a girl sometimes more dangerous than a gun. This made me wonder, what can we do? Bring awareness is the first step, but how this can change effectively?
  • Maria Pedro Miala
    The story of this girl in Brazil, the story of Nate parker and another american footballer who is been accused of multiple rapes.......This culture that men are raping just for fun and because THEY CAN is very SCARRY to me. The best thing we can do for ourselves is learn how to defend ourselves as for the law...... Well the law will only be on our side in rape cases when more than 80% of the people creating those laws will be women, for now I do not believe in the system.
  • Myriam Tadros
    absolutely .. Egypt is a State of Law ... but unfortunately women are full of despair and anger .. that they begin acting by themselves .. fearing that no law will defend them or give them their rights .. I guess that is the result of having an integration crisis of the state into our society .. so people begin reacting by themselves .. that another major problem I assume ...!!!
  • Noor Ahmed Narejo
    I think this must have done by law police rather than taking the law into hand by people no matter how atrocious the crime be. What the rapist did was despicably atrocious that can not be accepted. But law must take its place.
  • Myriam Tadros
    one of highlights of this year in Egypt (at least for me) .. That in Alexandria ... a man tried rapping a girl ... a 19 year old girl ... well.. when the police was called to the apartment ... they found the rapist lying dead, dismembered and beaten ... they found evidence that he rapped the girl and took photos and videos so as to blackmail her afterwards ... so that's how she responded .... !!!
  • Noor Ahmed Narejo
    This is all for power and control for that religion or you call it cultural barriers are used as tool by the men. Police, media, courts , or institutions that are supposed to offer support do not have effective supportive mechanisms to address issues of women. Women are discouraged to fight for their rights. They have to face resistance at every stage while pursuing to get justice.
  • Myriam Tadros
    Hello, I am from Egypt... I have read some of the comments .. and I am telling you that the situation here is as worse as yours ... I mean ... I really need to understand what the men are looking for .. what part of their brain is working .. or not working !!... I made some researches and statistics .. and had always the same results... it was/is/will never be related to education or religion or even the status Socio-economic .. men could be married, engaged or even in a relation and still the harass and rape ... why ??!!!! they could be educated and rape .. why professors rape their students .. or why rich people use their money to have power over the victim .... seriously .. why ??!!! I mean we are as human as they are.. and maybe even more human... we have feelings of dignity .. we have our own vital space that no one has the right to enter .... and though the constitution is providing the right of safety of our bodies and therefore no action is taken when a woman gets offended .. !!!! IN WHAT WORLD ARE WE LIVING ....!!!
    • Myriam Tadros
      exactly and this is not too much to ask ... this is not even something we should ask for this is something every single person should have .... should receive ... I still think that even in 2016 ... most of the people are really retarded ... people should accept each other the way they are .. we don't need your modifications ...!!!
    • Sylmara Lacerda Santana
      Hello Myriam, I'm from Brazil and I think about it every day... What kind of world are we living in? Women are treated as objects and being raped, even in schools, religious places, going to work, by people who we never could imagine. So I found this website Empower Women today asking exactly this: What kind of world are we living in? What every woman wants in any place of the world is RESPECT.
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  • Noor Ahmed Narejo
    That is no so simple as is being taken to address the issue especially in countries where rape is pervasive. I want to discuss with you based on the experience that victims share with me. 2 months back a case of gang rape was reported to me . The case was filed in the court the judge passed order to the concerned station house office of the concerned police station to arrest the offenders. Despite order of the judge the police initially resisted to comply order of the judge because the offenders were very influential persons. To save their face the police had to arrest the perpetrators. The victim's mother told that in her community women were not safe because of the pervasiveness of rape the women do not speak up fearing that they would be blamed for that. Most of women live ignored, isolated and suppressed life. The fact is that they are still regarded possession of men having authority over to use as they please.
  • Noor Ahmed Narejo
    Hi, I am from Pakistan. Worst is situation in Pakistan where girls and women can not go alone for whatever work or job especially in rural areas Girls and women are kidnapped & raped in day light. They are forcefully converted. to the religion of the kidnappers before producing in courts. On March 4th, 2016 a Hindu young woman was kidnapped on her wedding night is still in the captivity of captors. Last month a 10 years old girl was raped and later murdered . Media can needs to play its role in sensitizing and educating people to respect girls and women.
    • Stella Bakibinga
      The same happens in India. It is so sad because men who are supposed to look out for their sisters/daughters instead turn against them.
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  • claudia rivas
    Hi,im from peru but this reminds me of a case in ecuador, 2 young argentinians girls travel alone to a beach and were raped and killed. Many people from my country said that it was their parent's fault and how could two 20 years old girl could have been let travel alone. I believe man should be educated since young age knowing that women are as good as them and deserve the same respect.
    • Stella Bakibinga
      Sad! People should learn that it is not women's faults that they get raped. Whatever excuses men make e.g. the kind of dressing, being drunk etc are not acceptable.
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  • Catherine wachu
    No reason whatsoever can justify rape. Unless a real proven case of mental illness! It all boils down to our morals as a society. Children should be taught as early as 5 years of age about their their sexuality. As we think of rape let us remember that even Men/boys get rapped.
    • Stella Bakibinga
      True Catherine. No girl/woman deserves to be raped whatsoever.
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  • Mazibuko Thandeka
    Rape and our clothing is always an issue. We are made to feel like rape we deserve and we ask for it. Men truly need help. It's no use discussing this matter on woman platform but men can speak better to men. The majority need to talk because they have a problem. Before a women get a job she must be fucked by some strange man who is a ceo of the company. Men do not think women deserve any free help. Once you ask for direction you ask him to rape you. You apply for funding you apply for his abuse. This must end. The UN must not just talk at the universities or higher platforms they must walk in the communities.
    • Stella Bakibinga
      That is a lame excuse that rapists and their sympathisers Always make. No reason is adequate enough for a man to rape a woman.
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  • Liz Guantai
    It is sad that women continue to suffer violence every day. This has to stop. I think we should shift our rape prevention mechanisms from 'what women do to cause their own rape' to 'how to stop the perpetrators from violating women'. We should empower the boy child on the importance of respecting women and regarding them with dignity, hence prevent them from turning into future rapists. Laws should also have enough provisions to protect the society from such violence.
    • Stella Bakibinga
      True Liz. It is about time men joined the fight against rape. This way it can be eliminated.
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  • Simone Soupen
    Rape is a serious crime!!! Here in South Africa we see this horrific behavior every day . But we as woman need to speak out , stand up and voice out we need to talk about it! If a woman is raped or little girl she feels so afraid to come out n talk about it because she's scared those animals will harm her but no we need to encourage our girls to speak out and expose such behavior to help others out there who face a same situation and then only can we bring about change!
    • Stella Bakibinga
      Women need to be given a platform on which they can speak out. Some women are raped almost Daily but remain silent because of fear. With help, they can speak out and the rapists get punished.
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  • Stella Bakibinga
    It is sad that women nolonger feel safe in some parts of the World. Raising awareness is so important, and better still making men spearhead the fight will go a long way in changing the status quo.
  • Evelyn Bisona Fonkem
    In the past, I have had the opportunity to work with many rape victims and I realized that one effective way to reduce rape in a community is that rape cases should not be negotiated upon and victims of rape should always break the silence and perpetrators should be punished.
    • Stella Bakibinga
      True Evelyn but sadly women and their families in most cases get compromised to settle for less. In Uganda I have read about some cases in the media where Girls are defiled but their parents choose not to report simply because they are paid to settle things out of Court. This is only making it worse.
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  • Joy Eze
    Women and girls should learn to speak out about rape. This keep happening because women do not talk about it in the public, because they feel telling others she had been rape is a taboo, as it may lead to her not getting married on time or that they may laugh at her. Women should learn to get this right, we should learn to talk to each other and not talking about each other. With aggressive awareness campaign, mentoring women and girls on how best to protect themselves, I am sure we can change this effectively.
    • Stella Bakibinga
      In Uganda we have an organization calle 'Hope After Rape' which has helped a lot in making rape victims speak out, get legal redress and also get rehabilitated. It has helped a lot of women go past the traumatizing acts of rape.
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