¡ LIVE NOW @ live.novaramedia.com !
Tuzla rape progressive alliance aristocracy remembrance philanthropy presidential race 2016c academies cooperatives byron burger ahora madrid magna carta athens grassroots organising nationalism farming interviews gender miners strike ge2015 law westminster alia al ghussain labour midwives citizenship bernie sanders millenials tactics greece free syrian army international brigades money eu strategy of refusal george osborne south america nus tabitha bast anti-capitalism dilma rousseff gop olympics borders asylum owen jones left bloc homelessness monarchy usa is dale farm revolt of the ladders pensions productivity occupation sturgeon YesVote sophie lewis zac goldsmith pfi science putin london underground Scottish Independence corbyn sexual assault #copsoffcampus engels tower hamlets malawi secret employee eleanor penny romanichal jeremy hunt europe rape culture eire hillary clinton Claudia Jones andy burnham landlords arran james environmentalism morsi newham chuka umunna genocide review palm oil legal aid blair green party Dawkins direct action health reshuffle grexit rural affairs debt rbi ciudadanos teachers councils pedagogy students soas universities andrew dolan blockupy libspill spending plaid cymru trolling daesh aboriginal reappropriation tampon tax IndyRef squatting cup malcolm turnbull varoufakis stealing erdogan reclaim the streets he white paper world health organisation nick clegg david harvey alienation monogamy mike brown frankfurt apps inflation e-voting budget2014 long read future crime armenia heathrow migration gdp electoral fraud edl uffc jeremy corbyn lgbt sussex bias hsbc sadiq khan isil dystopia willetts refusal of work sinn fein pharmaceuticals localism antiziganism zabludowicz romania barcelona en comu catalunya legitimacy justice extraction canada local media gypsies communism internet turkey pay gap slovakia john mcdonnell economic india decolonisation refusal charlie lahr eric pickles ubi free papua riots rusell brand conchita populism yemen kobane nef colonialism lexit syriza bennett wallasey bjp Tom Abree modi theresa may indignados post-industrial thatcher domestic violence Tory neoliberalism full unemployment owen smith petrobras workers fe eu referendum social reproduction risk syria nurses barclays catalonia labour leadership renting ethics privacy krugman labour split terrorism christmas marx israel bell hooks tax reform proportional representation journalism new democracy start up hospitality survivors revolution utopia tories elon musk Police greens energy china people's assembly independent media he boycotts literature uk british empire precariousness security community organising production nicky morgan employment tony abbott magdalene laundries glasgow millbank ukraine sexuality indonesia psoe morality migrant labour free speech working class crisis prevent angela eagle environment education arab spring bds unidos podemos social movements warwick technology arms industry northern ireland memes evictions loans socialist tabloids politics facebook individualism house of commons bulgaria radicalism revuelta de escaleras no borders state student movement fees reparations books higher education panama papers asia university momentum bank of england atheism budget uber united left Labour Party automation maria miller property public sector fracking big pharma bae systems london mayor communities ecology Aaron Bastani racism trident radical lives unionism women balls ennvironment affective labour jo johnson dover oil outsourcing malcolm x foreign policy carpenters Economy christianity left novara10k charity intervention west bank pride caroline lucas conference season industry living wage iww social media cuts obama iwgb cities space precarious europe capitalism leaders debate natalie bennett womens liberation student strike news miliband universal basic income gig economy rpi rabina khan economics burnham free trade occupy ukba north pops electoral reform calais fiction peter singer paris attacks isis take back the city picketprofiteers bnp spain right to buy global south ncafc clegg cameron architecture ted cruz foreign aid basic income tax evasion ireland focus e15 telefonica 22o crimea regeneration agriculture tax banks ubereats m18 wages housing blockadia freedom of movement new york international cantona football not fair not safe vaga de totes idf rent religion music class madness property rights help to buy paul nuttall schools zero hours costas lapavitsas data Centre Left #elite youtube videos refugees couriers jobs primaries wales forest fire podemos gaza nhs war love eurovision deselection modern monetary theory solidarity deflation infidelity mayoral election business global warming ecb russia local government workfare demographics ferguson conservatives spaceX sport police brutality nypd Media bias lawrence and wishart boris johnson michel temer buy-to-let britain first Secular Crisis socialism Elections mcgettigan libdems adam stoneman deportation feminism unions extremism airstrikes donald trump esol fortress europe UKIP sisi coup ge2020 suicide BBC hollaback autonomism david cameron transport yes scotand bullshit jobs television saudi arabia troika fascism catalan independence ucu queer spanish election finance bonuses armenian genocide chris grayling sussex five whiteness ucl fbu pluralism pay salmond james meadway colombia deep state radical housing network free education cnd rojava inequality labour movement reproductive rights nut human rights west papua sexism star trek national liberation left unity tsipras Policing trump print media novara wire Niki Seth-Smith comedy work ethic uk industry police violence palestine angela mcrobie results coalition welfare state assad visas strikes roma gary barlow general election synthetic hedge gangs cop21 demands social networks cable social democracy another europe is possible depression cpi politicians mark regev middle east denis o brien yarls wood latin america syrian civil war irish water migrants freefede eastern europe europe week student politics England trade unions france immigration boko haram birmingham protests mitterand 15m kerry support corruption ukvi lobo labour purge mubarak scotland university of london open democracy treasury martin lewis young people new labour barts health diane abbott democrats reselection work michael gove housing action privatisaton social strike industrial action kurdistan sian berry ello marxism iraq brazil accessibility greek election tube pablo iglesias asn history trans ludova strana nase slovensko rent controls izquierda unida student loans republicans ttip columnism red wedge rob ford establishment climate grants rent strike charlie hebdo sweden germany relationships easter rising care drones iran post-capitalism divestment class struggle ref ACAB mob london ual australia ultras countryside nato growth international development deliveroo tef sexual violence andrea leadsom Adam Ramsay rotherham met electoralism private schools oxi junior doctors pasok pasokification fianna fail degrowth romani armenians radical reformism media far-right david willetts mexico nuclear care work financialisation geography climate change antifascism benefits hamas Gentrification desire mental health week hotels theft lse mark zuckerberg safety protest post-fordism uvw black students bouchart maps manifesto jo cox imf tesla interest Race bma democracy property guardians hydra ipr anxiety tuc prison privatisation orientalism fuel poverty culture austerity islamophobia bis clr james yes scotland hague al qaeda silicon valley libertarianism rmt james meek global debout aid marketing steel industry snp unemployment government holocaust mental health value privatization ulu age james butler subversion precarity deficit native arts strike digital media footwear jesus housing crisis migrant masons egypt brexit travellers omar aziz utilitarianism cost of living novaraeu uprising consumption uk uncut kurds unite arms trade dan whittall projects netanyahu estate orange order effective altruism golden dawn food housing benefit organising ge2012 anarchism pop culture bingo student debt world cup nuit debout political economy uaf election fraud social cleansing rhodes workplace reappropriation mark carney funerals house of lords mhairi black clinton mark duggan tuition fees obr intersectionality social housing poverty psychiatry detention comedians spanish civil war portugal publishing eurozone

4 Rape Revenge Plots Unfolding Worldwide

submit to reddit

From the spectacle of injustice that was The Central Park Five to the realities flagged by Angelina Jolie’s vague ‘campaign’ at Srebrenica, the disciplinary functions of rape — within and without the home, with and without classed and racialized dynamics — are the air we breathe, the backing vocals on our news feeds. Even in the rare instances when they’re not making the news, individual or collective rapes — and the threat of them — continue to structure and pervade life in capitalist society across the globe. By way of counter-power, four closely interlinked manifestations of movement are illustrated below: demonstration, litigation, self-defence, and armed collective reprisal. Despite the tragic contemporary frequency of rape victims’ self-immolation, suicide has not been included here.

1. Demonstration.

In India, following high-profile Mumbai and Delhi gang rape incidences, a bellicose and sustained anti-rape movement has compelled thousands to the streets and onto buses in protest. While ‘traditional’ religious, patriarchal, and even fascist elements are participating in the rush to affirm women’s ‘value’, the majoritarian feminist contingent is, Kavita Krishnan argues, evolving a radical state- and family-critical analysis that seeks to revolutionize urban and rural caste-inflected sex relations alike.

sophie lewis 4rrp 1

In South Korea, incensed by Tokyo’s retraction of its WWII-related apology, rallies that have taken place every week since 1991 are now vindicating afresh the former ‘comfort women’ of Japanese and U.S. officers. The ramifications of this solidarity with trafficked sex slaves potentially run very deep for South Korean feminists’ struggles. These are demonstrations worth keeping an eye on.

sophie lewis 4rrp 2

2. Litigation.

The question of whether Twitter-storms can manipulate rape-apologist judges (as at Maryville, a year after Steubenville, USA) remains moot. But with massive grassroots support, eight UK women who became the unconsenting long-term sexual partners of undercover Metropolitan Police officers deployed to spy on political activist networks — some having children by them — are courageously conducting lengthy legal action to expose, redress, and hopefully impossibilize future repetitions of the experience they define as “being raped by the state”.

On a brighter note, since a rule barring prostitutes as claimants was removed in 2012, fourteen sex workers in California who suffered rape (though not by police) have been granted compensation. Since the 1970s when the designation ‘sex work’ was invented, sex workers have been organizing all over the world (usually out of court) against the (seemingly all-too-routine) rapes perpetrated by police. Refer to the discussion on consent, and the final chapter, ‘Movement’, in Melissa Gira Grant’s new book Playing the Whore.

3. Self-defence.

It was memorable when Rihanna shot her rapist down in 2010: celebrations of the individual vigilante abound, but very, very few aren’t male. Here are a few recent, real, live, departures from the script.

sophie lewis 4rrp 3

On 7 March 2014, Thomson Reuters  reported the jailing of a woman, Fatima, who axed her habitual rapist to death in the city of Fès and proclaimed: “He killed me a thousand times before I ever came to kill him too”.

In Ciudad Juárez, the assassin self-identified via email to the authorities as Diana “Cazadora de Choferes” (Hunter of Bus Drivers) caused an international stir by becoming, she said, an instrument for avenging rapes perpetrated by drivers with impunity. Reports in 2013 suggest “Diana” enjoyed considerable community solidarity in Mexico, and has not been apprehended to date.

It is as yet unclear what will become of Hong Kong resident and mother Yeung Ki during her eleven-day trial. Ki was the victim of her boyfriend’s rape, long-term abuse, and concomitant attempts to blackmail her with threats of revenge pornography. This year she drugged him and used scissors to remove his penis (which she flushed down the toilet) prior to beating him to death.

There is fear, too, in the minds of the many activists dedicated to freeing Yakiri Rubí Rubio Aupart, who was until recently imprisoned in Mexico City. Yaki still faces a terrible battle in court. Though cleared of capital murder charges, she has been bailed at a sum ten times higher than could be expected, for “excess of legitimate defence”. Meanwhile, the existence of her girlfriend, Rosa, is denied — lending a “corrective” flavour to the narrative, which many South Africans would find familiar. That she once had a lover with the same first name as one of the strangers who raped and slashed her, is apparently evidence enough for the judge that what happened could not have been rape. The dead kidnapper’s brother, the accomplice, still walks free.

Late in 2012, Nevin Yildirim calmly handed herself into the police in Yalvaç, Turkey, having avenged herself on her rapist by shooting him and cutting his head off, dropping it in the town square. “Don’t play with my honour!” she is reported to have proclaimed, as the head of her repeat abuser, her aunt’s husband, rolled towards a café.

4. Armed collective reprisal.

To those seeking freedom, ‘justice’ would not be enough even if we could attain it. But the justice that revenge represents is often what we desire. The ‘accountability processes’ for rapists that (primarily) women have come up with in many milieus do include forms of anti-violent violence.

Urban feminist tribes, from San Francisco’s surviving ‘girl armies‘ to Berlin’s antifascist Tuntenhaus veterans, are no strangers to the tactic of group rape vigilante fightback or ‘bashback’. Worldwide, simple rape-defence training courses for men and women are also becoming more and more common.

Indien Frauenbewegung Gulabi Gang

A rural counterpart to look out for comes from Uttar Pradesh. Here, a militant group of women who are combating, hands-on, their community’s scourge of domestic violence and rape by husbands, police, and others, goes by the name ‘Gulabi Gang’—and has recently acquired a documentary and a website.

Whether those Western commentators delighted by reports of a stick-wielding sisterhood in pink saris would respond similarly to a ‘bashback’ approach to Woody Allens, Julian Assanges and Jimmy Saviles remains to be demonstrated.