Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

February-26-07

Two Women Allegedly Gang-Raped by Iraqi Security Forces

Two alleged gang rapes of Iraqi women by national security forces caused an uproar in Iraq last week. On February 19, a 20-year-old Sunni woman claimed on Al-Jazeera television that she was gang-raped by Iraqi national police after they took her to their Baghdad headquarters for questioning. Just days later, four Iraqi soldiers admitted to raping another Sunni woman in her home in northwestern Iraq.

Because Iraq's security forces are dominated by Shiites, the alleged rapes have heightened sectarian tensions; after the first woman spoke out, a Sunni insurgent group claimed that 300 volunteers had offered to undertake suicide missions to avenge the rape. funny pictures funny images funny photos funny animal pictures funny dog pictures funny cat pictures funny gifs

"This is nothing new," said Jodie Evans, co-founder of the women-led anti-war group CODEPINK, pointing out that Iraqi women commonly face sexual assault despite the media's usual failure to report it. "Women... pay the worst price of the war; they live in total anarchy and in fear for their lives constantly - [imagine] how easy rape is in that situation."

In an attempt to disprove the rape of the Baghdad woman, the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, released a portion of her US Army medical examination report, claiming inaccurately that because she suffered no vaginal lacerations, she had not been raped. Maliki said the woman was faking the rape to aid the insurgency and that her accused attackers should be honored, not punished. The US says it will conduct its own investigation of the incident.

The allegations surfaced just as a second US soldier pleaded guilty to raping and murdering a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her family in March 2006.

Media Resources: USA Today, 2/22/07; Sacramento Bee, 2/22/07; Washington Post 2/23/07; Associated Press, 2/22/07.


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately. The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
 
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state. Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations. More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .
 
10/28/2014 Ohio Officials Threaten to Close Cincinnati's Last Remaining Abortion Clinic - Ohio's TRAP law may soon force the last remaining abortion clinic in the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area to close, leaving an estimated 2.1 million people without access to a comprehensive reproductive healthcare site. Planned Parenthood's Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center received a notice earlier this week from state health officials threatening to shut down the facility for failure to obtain a transfer agreement with a local private hospital. Last year, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed into law a requirement that abortion clinics obtain a written agreement with a local hospital willing to take patients from the clinic in an emergency, despite the fact that emergencies are extremely rare and hospital emergency rooms must already accept patients. . . .