Sunday, November 25, 2007

Just too tired

To deal with how sick and wrong this is

Under fire for its treatment of a rape victim, the Saudi Arabian government on Saturday said that the woman had an "illegitimate relationship" with a man who was not her husband, and that both "exposed themselves to this heinous crime."

Um--- ewwww. Also interesting how our western media keeps ignoring the fact that a man was raped that day too.

The government statement said that according to the woman's signed confession, she called a man on her cell phone and "asked to be with him alone, illegally." The two met at a marketplace, then rode in the man's car to "a dark area of the beach, and stayed there for some time," the ministry said.

The group of attackers "saw her in a compromising situation, her clothes on the ground," the statement said. "The men at this point assaulted her and the man with her."

The woman knew that being alone with a man who wasn't her husband was illegal, "and therefore she violated the covenant of marriage." However, the woman was engaged -- not married -- at the time.

Victim blaming-- it's for every culture apparently.

I have to get to bed so no more writing-- but I think I can simply leave it at "too f***ed up for words"


Brian said...

It's pretty clear that the entire Islamic state has some cultural modernization to do. I have some very dear Muslim friends, but the general attitude they seem to hold toward this kind of situation is... terrible.

Adrienne said...

I heard today that had the woman resisted the rape her punishment would be that she was stoned to death? Is that true?

Tobes said...

Wow-- I hadn't heard that. Do you have a link to a story that was in-- that would be crazy.

Sarah said...

I can't remember where I read it but it was recently that I heard the same thing that Adrienne did, I'll see if I can find the article. Basically, whether she resisted or not she would be punished.