Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Liberian Refugees and Their Understanding of Human Rights

The Liberian refugee family of the eight-year-old girl who was gang-raped by four boys from her neighborhood need to be taught that rape is no longer an act protected by their government, and it is not an act protected by the laws of the land they are currently living in. Liberia outlawed rape three years ago, and it's been illegal in the United States for much longer. The girl's mother protested her little girl's claims by saying, "Nothing happened to my daughter." The child's older sister attempted to make her baby sister out to be an attention-seeker by saying, "She always bring trouble; she always bring trouble," in broken and hurried English. I wouldn't be surprised if the little girl grows up and commits suicide, with such grand familial support as that, and true to form, her family will disown her, accuse her of believing everything is about her, and otherwise being selfish. At least they'll be right on a tiny fraction of their inevitable accusations: a girl's body is, literally, about her. Her right to keep her body private and personal is her own. Damn her mother and sister for their ignorance and foolishness.

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