Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis
When I read horrendous accounts like this, it’s almost too much to bear:
Those familiar with the Steubenville case or the Rehtaeh Parsons suicide are aware of the backlash against rape victims in contemporary society. Another rape victim, Alicia Gali, has recently come forward to describe her experience in a foreign prison as result of rape.
In 2008, Gali, then a 27-year-old Australian woman, was hired as the manager of the Starwood Le Meridien Al-Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, spa and beauty salon in the United Arab Emirates. One night, after having her drink spiked in the employee bar, she awoke in her room, naked, covered in bruises, with four broken ribs. Reports were made during the night in response to her screams. Guards who entered the room saw her unconscious and three naked, male hotel employees in her room.
When Gali reported the assault, reportedly neither the Australian Embassy nor the hotel offered her assistance, an accusation the hotel denies. After seeking medical attention, she reported the assault to the police, which she did not know entailed admitting to illicit sex, a crime under United Arab Emirates law. According to UAE law, proving rape requires four adult male witnesses to the sex act who will affirm that it occurred. She also confessed to consuming alcohol, which is illegal without a license. Gali signed a confession in Arabic, which she did not understand.
She was sentenced to eleven months in prison for illicit sex and one month for alcohol consumption. Two rapists received twelve-month sentences as well, also for illicit sex; the third received thirteen months. After eight months in prison, which she described as “appalling” and a “nightmare,” she was pardoned. Her rapists were released on the same day.
And there you have it. There is no long complicated explanation to it: Islam is a rape culture. There are no involved sociological explanations, no wishy-washy bullshit watered down moral relativism to invoke.
Islam is a rape culture.
No ideology can lay claim to being ‘civilized’ when such inequities, such injustice, such horrific discrimination is visited upon someone simply because of their gender.
All religion is evil, but Islam is by far the most barbaric.
It’s gotta go.
Till the next post, then.