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Rape Is A Brutal Problem; It’s Time To Be Outraged And Do Something

Now is not the time to be squeamish about rape. Now is not the time to tiptoe around the issue of rape. Some people – a small but vocal lot
22 Mar 2016 10:34
Rape Is A Brutal Problem;  It’s Time To Be Outraged And  Do Something

Now is not the time to be squeamish about rape.

Now is not the time to tiptoe around the issue of rape.

Some people – a small but vocal lot – are of the view that the rape of the latest child victim Mere Ailevu should not be put out in the open in headlines.

Why? Why should the issue of rape be glossed over? Why is it difficult for people to read about rapes in headlines or posters?

Some would rather see the word murder in headlines, but no, not rape. That is just so ridiculous.

Mere Ailevu is not and should not just be a statistic in the files.

One or more very horrible people out there are responsible for raping, sodomising and brutally killing her.

We make no apologies for using the word rape in our headlines.

Everyone needs to be outraged.

Not about headlines. But about the continuing brutal sexual abuse of girls and women in our society.

Not so long ago a 9-year-old girl had her life turned upside down when she was grabbed, assaulted and raped as she walked back from school.

We were criticised then too by a vocal but sanctimonious few for our reporting on this.

But as soon as journalists stops focusing on these issues, people start forgetting about the horror.

We will make sure Mere and her horror are not forgotten.

If reading about rape in headlines is difficult, so be it. We will continue to do so until whoever is responsible for the attack on Mere is brought to justice. Until this rape blight on our society ends.

Mere should have been celebrating Palm Sunday yesterday with her family and friends.

Instead last Sunday she was viciously raped, sodomised and murdered.

This is what everyone should focus their disgust and anger on.

We chose Palm Sunday to drive home a point that a child who should have been out there celebrating with her parents and other children is no more.

Think about it, those who are forgetting the real issue here and trying to make a fuss about the use of the word rape in a headline or poster.

Enough of your “sensitivities”.

Incidentally, the first person to tell us about what was actually done to Mere was Mere’s mother. She wants whoever is responsible for doing this to her daughter brought to justice.

Let’s not kid ourselves that all is well in the society we live in. Not when girls and women are being treated like churchgoing Mere, 14, and the little girl, 9, raped on her way home from school.

All is not okay. All of us need to do something about it. And that is the real issue here. This is what everyone should be angry about.

 

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