Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rape treated as more serious than murder

Should rape be considered more serious than murder? Read this story, which starts off with the following sentence: "Somalis are experiencing near-daily atrocities, including rape, the shelling of civilian areas and fighting that has forced more than 100,000 to flee their homes since May, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday." You have to read down to the fourth paragraph to learn that thousands of civilians have been killed. That's right, killed.

Meaning no disrespect to rape victims, we need to get our priorities straight. Rape can have a terrible effect on a woman or a girl, but it's not worse than murder.

And, yes, a false rape claim often does greater harm to its victims than an actual rape. Unfortunately, most people would never know that, precisely because rape has been elevated to near god-like status on the evil continuum. Feminists, playing a sort-of politicized game of "King (or Queen) of the Victim Hill," will fight to their last breath not to cede one inch of the moral high ground, especially to men and boys. And therein lies the problem.