The Power Of Rape

It is unusual these days opening a newspaper without encountering another story of, not merely rape of a woman, but brutalization of her body and even death. People in India are still furious at the gang rape of a young woman by men who insist they did not do anything wrong, and it was her fault for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and wearing provocative clothes that drove them to attack her. In South Africa, there is still shock at the rape of 17 year old Anene Booysen who was beaten, mutilated and assaulted by a gang of thugs.

In South Africa a key issue is whether police can test those who rape for HIV. The South African Human  Rights Commission insists to test means to ignore the rights of those deemed innocent until proven guilty. Yes, we defend the right of those who must always be deemed innocent until convicted, but a woman has been raped and she needs to know if she was infected. There are times…