Who Is this Man?   Leave a comment

“It takes men to end rape.”         Eve Ensler

who is this man?

where does his mind go when he pushes his engorged self

into a tiny vagina and catches the drips of blood on his dick

and says nothing as she screams

tiny trophies held on a shelf in his mind?    on his heart?

V      I   O      L     E      N     T


in a short life

with too few memories of good

too few discussions of falls through the ice, being lost in the woods,

and all those other cautions to learn

lost expectations that this dance of life will be fun

taken too the trust of a male

petals torn from a flower,

“He loves me not”     “not me’

“not me”

robberies from the Congo,  Haiti,

from the house next door

I pull thick socks on my feet, pour milk in my coffee

notice the dying plum tree, the broken mailbox flag

but the cries of these girls, of their mothers,

do I hear them?

Mary Strong Jackson

September 15, 2010

Systematic mass rape has been used in connection with most wars and other armed conflicts.

Since 2005, more than 32,000 cases of rape and sexual violence have been registered in Congo’s South Kivu alone.

Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every 2 minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rectovaginal fistula refers to damage between the rectum and vagina. Often if the rectum sustains a fistula, the bladder will also have been damaged and a woman will leak both urine and feces.

The vaginal canal can be ruptured by violent rape. In 2003, thousands of women in eastern Congo presented themselves for treatment of traumatic fistula caused by systematic, violent gang rape that occurred during the country’s five years of war. So many cases have been reported that the destruction of the vagina is considered a war injury and recorded by doctors as a crime of combat.

One of the most startling aspects of sex crimes is how many go unreported.


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