Libyan Rape Casualties as Veterans of a Just War, Not a Shameful Statistic
Hilmi M. Zawati, “Libyan Rape Casualties as Veterans of a Just War, Not a Shameful Statistic,” 207:2 The New Jersey Law Journal (9 January 2012) 31
1 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2012
Date Written: January 9, 2012
The new Libyan government should establish special socio-medical centers, staffed only with well-trained female specialists — since victims are usually reluctant to talk to or be treated by men — to deal with and treat victims, rehabilitate them and encourage them to come forward and speak out. It would be unforgivable to revictimize those women who lost their self-esteem and integrity. According to Colonel Salim Juha, leader of the Misrata insurgents, who spoke recently on Al Jazeera, many women in Misrata and its suburbs were forced to strip naked in front of strangers or their children, while others were brutally raped in their homes and severely traumatized. Ignoring the pains of those women and destroying rape evidence would encourage the culture of impunity and constitute a barrier to justice.
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