It is her core-her being- her most private self-her pride-her DIGNITY
When you violate it you have stripped away her dignity, self confidence, pride & well-being
And so with a warped mind, a sadistic spirit that derives pleasure from her pain
He chooses to target it- pushing the dagger into her fresh wound
Society has normalised it-it happens, men shall be men & shall be men
They blame her-she wanted it or she looked for it, her skirt was too short
Why was she walking alone at night?
Was he not her boyfriend & what was she doing with him alone in a closed space?
They make excuses for him-mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts
If she speaks up, they label her
If she does not speak out, she dies inside
She questions if maybe, just maybe-she might have gotten what she deserves
She feels unworthy, dirty, violated-EMPTY
And why does she go through this? Because she is a woman!
Who understands what it means to walk with constant caution?
To be ever vigilant for your safety–
On your way to work, to school, in your office, even in your own home
And yet this is the experience of half the population of the world-DAILY
But repeatedly this experience is, IS belittled? Overlooked?
Underestimated? Misunderstood? Misrepresented? Sidelined?
Whichever one it is, not enough has been done to address it for the pervasive vice it is
We, the women of this world, deserve to live without fear
Fear of death, of terror, of hate and hate speech
Of violence and all other threats to our physical and mental well being
The world needs to understand that—;
Rape IS NOT about sex
Rape IS NOT about a desperate man dealing with constant deprivation of sex
Rape IS NOT illegitimate sex; hence justifying the marriage of girls to their rapists to retroactively legitimise the act is simply cuckoo
Rape HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH a wife reaching menopause, hence justifying a husband pouncing on his child
Rape IS about power and domination; hence as women we need to claim back our power
Rape IS a crime; and as women we must nail the perpetrators
Rape IS an attack on the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and personal identities of the victim,
And for this reason I AM RISING TO SAY-
This atrocity ends here!!!