In light of the bravery of the anonymous victim and her demand for justice, my mind has been swirling with how do we respond as a culture when women are continually shamed into silence and then often blamed for sexual assault. Women are so used to being catcalled while walking to their cars or through the market that most have stopped paying attention.If this is true in the United States, than it is ever more true in Guatemala. I have heard men yell obscene and offensive comments at Guatemalan women, and foreigners alike.
That’s the dangerous script that rape culture promotes. The sad reality for many women here, who experience exponentially more horrific things than a simple ass-grab in the street, is that they have no place to use their voice.
No place to say it doesn’t matter what I do, or what I wear, you may NOT touch my body. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. What kind of message does that send to young men (and women) when a violent crime against another person has no consequence.
Maybe a town hall meeting for every NGO that works with youth, and particularly boys?
Maybe some place to bring men AND women together who want to fight against this on a community level?
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There are so few places that give women a place to share her story or demand justice, and there are even fewer places talking to men and boys about how to act respectfully and understand things like male privilege, consent and rape culture.
Of course there are always exceptions to every rule. And there are many other Guatemalan men who stand up for women, stop inappropriate jokes and show respect and kindness to people, I don’t know where to start, maybe a Facebook group where Guatemalan women can share their stories without shame?
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