Is there a Rape Culture in Kenya?
Rape culture is a term that was coined by feminists in the United States in the 1970’s. It was designed to show the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized male sexual violence.
“We need to notice this stuff, get outraged, and share our outrage with others. Staying aware of rape culture is painful work, but we can’t interrupt the culture of violence unless we are willing to see it for what it is.”– Alana Prochuk
Wangu Kanja stood to speak. She too has been sexually defiled. She has since opened The Wangu Kanja Foundation. Her tough eyes eyeballed the audience saying: “Anyone can be raped!” She affirmed. “Even men too get raped.” If those words sink into you, you’ll think twice about how you treat people.
Twitter was bursting under the hashtag #RapeCultureInKenya. Everyone wanted to add their voice. The good, the bad and the ugly. Majority users were of the opinion that rape should be taken more seriously. Some, as you would expect, still blamed women for indecent dressing.
They should teach the Kenyan Constitution in school, you’d think. Perhaps if school children knew the law from an early age, especially concerning rights and freedoms, our country would do better. Think of the many people who have never opened up to anyone about their sexual violation, the ones who are currently suicidal because they can’t live with their bodies.
Think of the men and women getting raped in refugee camps, in war, schools, and underage children at home.
Someone said that the media has catapulted this culture. Corinne Kahi Isige A.K.A Lady Kahi delivered a poem that spotlighted dirty lyrics from international artists that includes rape instigated expressions. Much of which we listen ignorantly. The business world is now married into sexual innuendo. They say sex sells. Have we ever pondered on the long term psychological effect this has on society? Well, everybody just wants to make money and go home.
It’s time to rethink how we view sex. What it means to us.
Here are the links and contacts of the people who offer help to the sexually abused.
Please contact them if you need this or share to a friend who does:
- Gender Violence Recovery Centre – 0719 638006
- Amazing Minds Africa (Facebook)
- Anika 254 (Sema Anika Forum – Creative Garage) – [email protected]
- HELP: Support for Sexual Abuse Survivors
- Doctors Without Borders – 0704 979 766
Social Commentary, Event Pictures, Impressions and Analytics:
Respecting a woman is the first step to curb this vice. Strong men don't rape women. #RapeCultureInKenya
— Bilton (@Bill_clin) August 14, 2016
— Onyango Otieno ?♥️?? (@Rixpoet) August 13, 2016
— Kasichana Mumba ✊?? (@RizzBee) August 8, 2016
— Chris Mukasa (@ChrisMukasa) August 13, 2016
Men, let's behave like people of the 21st world century. #RapeCultureInKenya Imagine its your sister or mother and STOP IT!
— Nito (@kenyanitobaraka) August 13, 2016
I feel so sorry for the African girl sometimes.I feel scared of those rapist that goes scot free though #RapeCultureInKenya
— Mr.Murage?✴ (@murage_mathew) August 14, 2016