“Rape! The mere sound of the word sends an uncomfortable yet distinct shiver down the spine.”
Finally, four men have been given life sentences in the rape case of a young female photographer in Mumbai, India. In Nigeria, the laws governing the rape of a minor have been raised to life in prison for the offending rapist and 14 years if the victim is an adult; if the victim survives. Two countries, same problem. A global sexual depravity of pandemic proportions.
The Oxford dictionary’s first definition of rape: v. 1. (of a man) force (another person) to have sexual intercourse with him/her against their will.
To have forced sexual relations with a human, even an unsuspecting animal, would be sure to have dire, psychological consequences for the victim; perhaps even irreparable mental damage which may lead to permanent insanity.
Rape! The mere sound of the word sends an uncomfortable yet distinct shiver down the spine. Images of one human brutally overpowering another in absolutely abhorrent acts of forced sexual perversion flash across the mind leaving indelible visions of one of the many devastatingly demoralizing acts of man’s inhumanity to man.
With the many educational as well as scientific achievements and advancements made by the human race in the 20th and 21st centuries, one would think that ancient crimes such as rape would have been drastically curtailed if not obliterated from the pages of civilization. Alas, no. This persistent crime has managed to remain firm, albeit hidden in plain sight, through the ages.
Unfortunately, it seems, by-products of the same achievements and advancements have brought with them cunning new ways of spreading this dreaded social malaise. A disease capable of crippling the very essence of humanity.
Globally, rape has been on the increase. Most likely due to an unhealthy combination of weak laws governing the prosecution of rape cases, the dismal lack of will by constituted authorities to vigorously pursue and prosecute reported incidents, easily accessible pornographic material on the internet along with an alarmingly sharp decline in traditional and religious values.
Liberal views (in some quarters) on the interactions between the sexes. All these, when added to the dangerous mix above, create a volatile recipe like a dormant volcano suddenly awakened and bent on erupting.
The advent of certain entertainers (Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and P-Square come to mind) both at home and abroad with a penchant for glorifying deviant sexual behaviour may, perhaps indirectly, have also contributed to the rise in the perpetration of this vile act. Youth, only in the first evolutionary stages of becoming young men and women, have far more easier and unsupervised access to the internet where they see modes of dressing which even mildly described as indecent would be an understatement. They hear lyrics written with blatant messages of sexual innuendo. They witness erotic dance moves once reserved only for the discreet viewing pleasure of the most daring men. It is only logical that violent acts would be used to quench the wild fires of naked desire emanating from the loins of these young people.
I admit to not being an authority on the issue of the possible psychological leanings which could lead to rape or the contemplation thereof but I am quite confident that I wouldn’t be too far off the mark. Thus said, it behoves the rest of us who remain eternally thankful to our parents / guardians and a bygone era of decency to reignite the flames of purity for the preservation of moral sanctity of generations to come.
“Don’t just say NO to rape. Say NEVER.”