Raped Men and Silence

A few days ago, I wrote about the story of a Saudi woman who was gang-raped. She was alone with an unrelated man at the time of the attack, which is why she was sentenced to 90 lashes, later increased to 200 when she appealed and her lawyer went to the media. What I didn’t know, and what was almost nowhere reported, was that the man who was with her was also raped– and also sentenced to 90 lashes. (He didn’t appeal.) It’s very important to remember that it’s not only violence against women that may go unreported. Jill at Feministe has the story, and a very good discussion of how its reporting plays into larger Islamophobic narratives.

2 thoughts on “Raped Men and Silence

  1. Jill missed something important, and so have you. If information about the rape circulates he may be in danger. He and his advocates have tried hard to suppress this information for his own safety. Publicity such as Jill has called for endangers him.

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