Sana Saeed: “How We ‘Other’ Sexual Assault”

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Link to the Guardian: “How We ‘Other’ Sexual Assault to Ignore Our Own Norms of Abuse”

“Rarely does sexual violence and harassment in our own societies – as it is perpetrated, prosecuted and cultured – allow the sort of cultural reductionism that seems to come with ease when sexual violence is associated with ‘the other’. When a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern is brutally gang-raped and beaten in Delhi, we speak of ‘India’s woman problem’; when an incapacitated 16-year-old student is raped, photographed and filmed for six hours by peers – who share the images on social media – the incident is treated as an isolated act of unfortunate deviance and not part and parcel of a larger endemic culture that normalizes rape and the appropriation of women’s bodies as public property.”

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