IT'S TIME

WANJIKU MAINA: Let's end rape culture, not justify it

It has now become the new normal in some parts of our country

In Summary

• These women live in fear and shame and cannot speak out for fear of being criticised and judged by society. 

• Women are important and need to be protected.

We are now living in a morally decayed society. Who in the 21st century justifies rape? Of course, a good number of people in our midst proudly do that.

Maybe this is the reason it has become arduous to stop rape.

Culprits have defenders who are always on stand-by to justify their evil act whenever it occurs.

It is saddening that rape has now become the new normal in some parts of our country.

For once, let us be real and accept the fact that even men date older women for money.

They are bought cars, houses and their vacations financed.

How many victims of rape out here are living in pain and distress while their perpetrators walk head high amongst us?

I am not justifying the act among women, but there is no day a young man has been found raped, killed and half-naked in a thicket.

This only happens to women because we are still living in a stereotyped society where women are regarded as vulnerable and frail.

Why wait for a rape case to end in death so that justice can be served?

How many victims of rape out here are living in pain and distress while their perpetrators walk head high amongst us?

These women live in fear and shame and cannot speak out for fear of being criticised and judged by society. 

The future of our daughters' banks on the women of power who have beaten the odds and made it to higher levels in society and men who strongly believe that women are important and need to be protected.

Maasai Mara University

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris