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Blaming Women for Rape

It absolutely kills me to hear that a person could even think something like this, let alone preach it to others. In this 2006 article I found about a Sheik in Australia that made some horrible comments regarding a woman getting raped, I was absolutely appalled to read what he had to say. During a Ramadan lecture in a Sydney mosque, Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali compared women who do not veil to “uncovered meat.” He said that if a woman walks out of her house without being completely covered, it is like leaving meat on the street to be eaten by cats. He claimed that when women “sway suggestively,” wear makeup, and do not wear Islamic headdresses, they are the ones at fault for getting raped.
First, allow me to begin by saying that as a Muslim woman, we are not forced by the religion to veil. When a girl or woman is ready to make such a huge commitment, she does so on her own. I’m not saying that some girls may not be forced by their parents, but that is not what Islam stands for. The hijab is worn for modesty, and to make the accusation that women who do not wear the hijab are asking to be raped “like a piece of meat” is 100% absurd.
It’s sad to hear that others have the same opinion about rape victims. Just because a woman is beautiful and may choose not to wear a headdress, is not in any way an invitation for a man to have the right to attack her. We should be able to wear what we want and walk the way we want without having to worry about our skirts screaming “rape me!” If a girl wants to dress provocatively that is her decision, but that does not give people the right to say that she was asking to be raped.
As a side-note, I was just talking to a friend about this post I was writing, and he said to me: “Of course the Sheik was wrong in saying that, but women shouldn’t dress like that if they aren’t looking for attention.” I understand that women may be sending off mixed messages when they wear less than modest attire, but that is no reason to use a woman’s attractiveness as an excuse for rape.


1 Comment

  1. sparkst2013 says:

    This makes me angry when people think that it is the person who was the victim of rape fault…no its the person who committed the crime fault.

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