There are a number of rape stories making the rounds at the moment. In my private counselling sessions as well, I have also been confided in with regards rape episodes. The victims hurt. They speak out against rape at every opportunity. However, not a single one of them ever chooses to name and prosecute the perpetrator. Not one. They shield those who did it to them. Which defeats the whole purpose of any attempt to fight rape.
Imagine if robbery victims never stood up to identify culprits and have them prosecuted. What would the deterrent be? There would be almost no hope of seeing a reduction in robbery! This is the exact situation with this subject of rape. There is no hope of putting an end to this problem as long as we shield those who carry out this dastardly activity.
I understand the trauma. I understand the societal issues. I know that things can get complicated at times. However, if you have been raped and do not want to have anyone else go through that experience, you have to mention names and take legal measures to have your abuser apprehended and prosecuted. Anything less will not do.
I hate rape and I speak out against it. But speaking out alone has never achieved anything in this world. Appealing to the conscience of rapists is a useless and fruitless exercise. We must do more than just speak. Action must be taken, and it must be initiated by rape victims. Victims must do more than just speak. If you get raped, get to a police station as fast as possible. Give names! Talk to a lawyer. And please, don’t wait 2 or 13 years to tell your story. The trail would likely be too cold for anything meaningful to be done with your story. Strike while the iron is hot.
We Won’t Stop Rape By Hiding The Identity Of Rapists.