“Then Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore her robe of many colors that was on her, and laid her hand on her head and went away crying bitterly” (2 Sam. 13: 19).
For those who may not be familiar with the Bible story, Tamar, a daughter of King David, was raped by her brother, Amnon. She was denied justice.
Not a great deal of progress has been made in the Middle East since then. Over 180 rapes have taken place in Tahrir Square while the world watches. The possibility of justice for these victims remains remote.
As many as 30 to 100 men will isolate a woman, then violate her with their hands, literally tearing the clothing off her back. Women may be beaten with chains, chairs, and other objects while being raped. The genitals of some women have been cut.
Public violence against women has…
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