Angelina Jolie: Shame the Rapist Not the Victim (VIDEO)
At a time when rape denialism in America feels stronger than ever, and overseas, girls in Nigeria are being kidnapped by the hundreds and girls in India are being gang-raped, the world’s first Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict could not come sooner. On Tuesday, actress and envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie kicked off the four-day conference in London with a speech that urged the 1,200 attendees to stop seeing rape as an inevitable byproduct of war and blame the rapists, not the victims.
“It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict,” said Jolie. “There is nothing inevitable about it. It is a weapon of war aimed at civilians. It is nothing to do with sex, everything to do with power. It is done to torture and humiliate people, and often to very young children.”
Hoping that this summit will be a “turning point” in acknowledging a global crisis, Jolie concluded, “We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence, that the shame is on the aggressor.”