I stand united against rape because . . .

I received an interesting request from a Facebook friend yesterday. This woman has been very supportive during my time of grief, helping me to believe that life will become new again. Because of this, she’s become not yet an offline friend, but more than most of my faceless Facebook friends, so I would have been inclined to grant her any favor.

As it turns out, responding to her request was easy and hard at the same time.

She wrote:

I am now the National Director of Public Relations for UniteWomen.org, a non-partisan women’s rights organization with a social media reach of over twenty million people around the world, and we are about to embark upon our “Unite Against Rape” campaign, which will involve posting an array of memes with short quotes taking a stand against rape. Some of these quotes will be from celebrities, and some will be from everyday men and women. We are hoping to get as much “star power” as we can at the kick-off of the campaign, and I thought of you and your books and I thought maybe we could use you in the campaign as a novelist. I am hoping you might like to participate by completing the statement “I stand united against rape because…” for an Internet meme.

Your quote would only need to be a sentence or two, and we would be incorporating it into a graphic that includes a photo of you (high resolution and from the waist up).

It is time to change the collective mentality and show that we are united against rape, and that we will stand up and speak out about it. If you would be willing to lend your name and likeness to UniteWomen.org’s “Unite Against Rape” campaign, I think it would be good for our campaign and give you some additional exposure for your blog.

Of course I said yes, that was the easy part. The hard part was the “because.” I stand united against rape because . . .

It is so self-evident that rape is wrong that I simply could not come up with a response. I thought of mentioning that rape is illegal, morally wrong, demeans all of us, steals our humanity. I thought of saying that such a barbaric custom has no place in the twenty-first century, but all of that is obvious. I mean, really — who is for rape? I bet even rapists would come out against rape since they probably don’t see what they do as rape.

In the end, all I said was, “I stand united against rape because rape is wrong. It’s as simple as that.”


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” All Bertram’s books are published by Second Wind Publishing. Connect with Pat on Google+

8 Responses to “I stand united against rape because . . .”

  1. ROD MARSDEN Says:

    For years I have battled to have the origins of the Cronulla riot that took place on the south coast of New South Wales remembered and not swept under the carpet. References have appeared in two of my books including Desk Job.

    Young Australian women were being harrassed because they were wearing bikinis at an Australian beach in summer. Some fanatical Muslim youth took their dress as a sign they were immodest and therefore up for grabs. This of course was not the case. So what should women wear at beaches? Anything they damn well please and to hell with mindless religious nut-cases.

    Also a life saver was struck by a Muslim youth after he had just saved the life of a drowning Muslim woman. She was wrapped in so much clothing she couldn’t swim and therefore had no business going into the surf. Since life savers are the spiritual heart of our beaches, hitting one was just about as close as you can come to declaring war. There was to be a peaceful demonstration against these abuses. It was this demonstration that turned ugly.

    About fifteen years ago a group of Muslim youth in the western suburbs of Sydney kidnapped and raped two young women. In court it was claimed they didn’t know it was wrong because it wasn’t wrong where they came from. The judge gave them six months good behaviour bond which meant no jail time. The press got wind of this and there was outrage. The judge’s decision was dismissed by a higher court and the Muslim youth responsible were given jail time. Even so, the fact that they were originally going to get nothing moere than a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again does rankle.

    As for women living in my country are concerned, I have five nieces and a couple of sisters I love and respect. I wish only good things for them. They are all better educated than they would have been growing up in some overseas countries. I still can’t get over a young girl being shot by the Taliban just because she wants to go to school and use her brain. Some things are worth fighting for including the right of women to walk our streets and our beaches in peace.

    • Juliet Waldron Says:

      A shocking story about the human rights abuses that go hand in hand with “fundamentalism” — of whatever stripe. Glad to hear that in some small way, this miscarriage of Justice has been righted, although these poor girls will have to live with nightmare of humilation and pain for the rest of their lives.

      • ROD MARSDEN Says:

        The true origins of the Cronulla riot has been continually covered up by the politically correct and it is up to people like me to see that it is uncovered. As for the western suburb rapists, there was justice there eventually but that wouldn’t have happened if the original judge had had his way.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      There is just so much of this sort of thing in the world, and much that never even comes to light. I’m glad that you are doing your part to tell the truth of these horrendous acts.

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    I recently wrote a post about how rape is evil. Did your friend give a website or an address where I can submit my own “because” statement?

  3. lvgaudet Says:

    Maybe the problem is there are just too many “because”s.

    I would have trouble picking one from the many too.

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