Rape – A Weapon of War

Today, an expert spoke with several US senators about a common weapon of war.

No, that weapon was not guns nor was it bombs. It was rape.

Rape is far too often used as a means of bringing down the enemy during a war – as is the case currently in Darfur and the Congo (DRC).

1100 rapes are reported in the Congo every month – that’s 36 women and girls victimized each day! And just think about the number of incidents that go unreported.

According to the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues –

Rape is employed as a weapon because it is effective…it destroys the fabric of society from within and does so more efficiently than do guns or bombs…the apparent purpose is to leave a lasting and inerasable signal to others that the woman has been violated.

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice plans to travel to Africa to discuss the issue of rape in war-torn societies – an issue referred to as a “shame on the human race” by California senator Barbara Boxer.

Also today – the US was elected to the UN Human Rights Council. Let’s hope we make the most of it.

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Report Cards for Representatives

621There’s an amazing website out there you may not know about. That website is http://darfurscores.org/ – sponsored by the Genocide Intervention Network.

GI-NET has given every house and senate representative a “Darfur score” – a rating of his or her support of Darfur legislation and other anti-genocide measures. A plus (+) added to a letter grade means that the representative has actually traveled to Darfur.

All you have to do is type in your zip code, and, in seconds, you will receive a “report card” for your elected legislators.

If your representatives display high scores, we encourage you to contact them to express your appreciation and urge them to continue their support. If your representatives display poor scores, we encourage you to contact them to express your concern and urge them to lend their support.

Congrats to my senate representatives Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein – who received scores of A+ and A, respectively.

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Look up the Darfur score for your Representative.