Revolution never arrives without its victims. The lives it changes and swallows within its jaws are the same lives who endured decades of violence, decadence, and impoverishment by the very systems that it wishes to replace. The revolutions in the Middle East deeply reflect the contradictions between the joy and pride of toppling a dictatorship and the disheartening emotions of chaos and uncertainty. In the process, deepening class, sexual, ethnic and other social divides can bring a nation to its knees. In a revolution, just as in a society that does not take care of those who are the most vulnerable, everyone suffers, but it is clear that women tend to be given a special type of suffering. A suffering that penetrates their psychological, emotional and physical well-being, the suffering of being forced to endure rape, sexual assault and abuse.
As conflict arises in the Middle East, stories are continuing to be pressed on the escalating amounts of sexual abuse against women. Just recently, another high-profile incident took place, where a white Western journalist, Natasha Smith, was sexually assaulted by a mob of men. Much like the Lara Logan case, Smith’s story was given international news attention. Smith declared that it is not just white Western journalists who are being victimized. [Read more...]