The rape of women during violent protests


(Larisa W Chikanya) #1

January 2019 marked a very sorrowful era for many Zimbabweans. There was a national shutdown which turned violent as the protesters and the security forces reached a stalemate. This however, had a negative impact on some of the women who fell prey to men who raped them taking advantaged of the chaotic situation. The young and the old became victims of such brutality, others raped women by gangs multiple times. Since time immemorial it has been noted that raped has been used as a weapon of war and conflict to weaken the opponent as well as the victim. Such a mindset has been passed on to the younger generation and it has destroyed many dreams and in some cases many lives. The trauma that one has to go through after being violated cannot be expressed using words. Some women survive it and move while others take their own lives or revert to selling sex as a way a coping mechanism. Rape is a brutal crime, perpetrators should be punished and justice should be served.


(Tobias Eigen) #2

Hello Lola! Welcome to our community - it’s great to have you here.

Thank you for sharing this truly sad story from Zimbabwe. Can you share any links to news sources or an update? It would be helpful for fellow members to have some more details and ideas on ways we might be able to help, both in Zimbabwe and in our own country.

I loved this quote on your bio. So true, and so aligned with this community. :sunflower:

“Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their homes in floods caused by senseless deforestation in neighboring countries. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.”Dalai Lama


(Larisa W Chikanya) #3

Hello Tobias! Thank you so much for the warm welcome and lovely feedback. I will definitely share links on that.


(Larisa W Chikanya) #4

These are some of the links of what transpired.


(Paul Sixpence) #5

True, the situation currently obtaining in Zimbabwe is bad. The use of rape against women by the state security apparatus goes beyond being a crime, it affects the socio-political fabric of the nation.



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