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Rape Victims In Moroccan Society Essay

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On a Monday morning, at 10am, in the office of the association, Solidarité Feminine, the atmosphere was calm and relaxed. With a simple phone call and the atmosphere was disturbed violently. After the call, the police had just brought a young mother and her two children to the association. In the picture provided by the authorities, was a young face torn by the blade of a knife and her left cheek was abraded and revealed raw flesh. This is the story of a young teen mother that has not only been the victim, of a horrific crime, rape, but more importantly, she is further victimized by being severely cast out by the society. Many teen girls in Morocco are raped, impregnated, then rejected by their family, society and father of the baby, which further destabilizes them. The social stigma Moroccan society has towards rape victims results in men not being held accountable for their crimes, and the mother and her children having to live in harsh conditions.
One of the most obvious ways this stigma is shown is that these girls suffer from the rejection of their families and the scornful looks of society every day. According to Fikira Berrada, a woman working at an NGO called Oum Kalthoum that helps girls in these situations, the parents reject their daughter because “they are ashamed” and “sometimes they don’t even tell their parents in fear of being killed” (Fikiria Berrada, Interview). As if this fact were not bad enough, even more horrific is the fact that their parents often kill their daughter for being pregnant after getting raped. This shows that these parents are uncivilized and need to learn how to deal with these issues. If not, as parents they are not doing a good job. Once the girls have announced their pregnancy to their families, thinking they would receive their help and support, they are rejected. In the Moroccan society, “they are seen as prostitutes because sexual relations are prohibited” (Houdaifa Hicham, Interview with a judge). This is unfair on many levels, and people should not jump to conclusions about these girls’ situations. As the famous quote by George Elliot states, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. We should apply her logic to this situation. We should first know their story before judging them. These girls already feel broken inside and all that this society does to them is break them even more. The worst part of this is that they cannot walk on the streets without having getting stared at, insulted, humiliated or even beating them up. We should forget the fact that they had sexual relations outside marriage and see how being raped changes your life completely and that we should help them through this instead of bringing them down and making them feel unworthy. Who are we to judge?
These girls face harsh conditions especially on the day they give birth. According to the website La Vie Eco, when the baby is delivered, the doctors call the police so that they can investigate her. These mothers are often penalized for...

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