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March 27, 2011 / Anna Louie Sussman

Libyan woman tells story of her rape. How unimaginably brave.

Reading the news that Eman al-Obeidy, a Libyan woman who claims to have been raped by 15 of Gaddafi’s men while in their custody, made me cry.

As I’m sure it did others, it also got me wondering — how many other women and men is this happening to?  How many more times will it happen to her?

Once you’re done reading the story and watching the video — the video was really what made me cry — please join me in getting angry that, no matter what country or what amount of warfare is currently raging, victim-blaming in rape cases never goes out of style.

After the episode, Musa Ibrahim, a government spokesman, said she appeared to be drunk and mentally ill. He said that the authorities were investigating the case, including the possibility that her reports of abuse were “fantasies.”

And….I think we’ve just hit on our Assclown for the day.


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