One thing that is very common when discussing immigrant and refugee health is that of gender inequality. Women in abusive situations are all but too common in under developed countries, this due to the fact that men belief women are a lesser sex than them. This causes them to treat women how they want or believe they should be treated.
A quote from the book Women in an Insecure World, best describes exactly what the women in under developed countries have to deal with- “It is insufficient to understand sexual violence solely in terms of rape. Sexual Violence also encompasses forced prostitution, sexual slavery, forced impregnation, forced maternity, forced termination of pregnancy, forced sterilization, indecent assault, trafficking, strip searches, and inappropriate medical examinations.”
Why is there violence against women?
Sexual violence is used for many different reasons: a form of torture, to inflict injury, to extract information, to degrade and intimidate, as a form of punishment, to “contaminate” the race, and to destroy the essence of a community.
Targeting women is also a symbolic demonstration of the fact that the men of the group are not able to protect the women, therefore bringing “dishonor” to the entire family or community by virtue of an assault on their women.
This has been an ongoing and devastating issue for many years and will still be if we don’t take time fight this war on sexual violence. I found a blog created for those who are in war torn countries and who have suffered sexual violence to be able to tell their stories and have them posted on here. You can read their stories here.
Here is one rape victim (Jackie) story:http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/05/20/opinion/1194840392185/jackie-s-story-africa-s-trauma.html?scp=1&sq=jackie-s-story-africa-s-trauma.html&st=cse
The people who put this blog together also have many other contributions they offer in the fight against sexual violence. To learn more about them and how to get involved go here.