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Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her

There is no explicit statement in the Qur’an (I don’t know about the hadith) urging or sanctioning “honor killings,” but it’s now become a feature of Islamic culture, and has been justified on religious grounds (in Jordan, attempts to strengthen laws against honor killing were opposed and turned back by Muslim leaders for religious reasons). 1,190 more words

Let’s Stop Saying Women. Let’s Say People.

The minute you say “women”, all of a sudden listeners place them in a separate mental pocket.

Close your eyes for a moment. When you imagine people, you see all sorts of humans, right? 569 more words


Teacher arrested for raping six year student.

How did a horrific crime like this go unreported for days? What was the first reaction of the school? Did they attempt to deny any responsibility? 192 more words

Indian Homemaker

Facing Our Fear

I stare at the bottom of my empty Whiskey glass where all that remains is a small piece of ice. As the shroud from the vapor of my e-cigarette slowly disappears, I know you are judging. 300 more words


Blog Entry II: Surprise

Reflecting now, I am compelled to record the following:

The look on his face the moment, the very moment, I had outsmarted him was absolutely priceless. 45 more words


Blog Entry I: What to expect the hours after your attack

The following was written as a ‘magazine style’ article — ie How to defrost your freezer in five easy steps — for a class assignment.  I added it here to the blog because parts of my story are here. 688 more words


The Beginning

It’s been many years since I was taken by knife-point and violated.  It was my first semester in college, and I was 18 years old.  I did not expect to live.  502 more words