The danger to females in any situation where political or societal unrest happens is high. In countries where the perceived value of a woman in society is low, as in most Muslim countries, the danger to a woman is even higher. In countries where the infrastructure has been significantly damaged by a natural disaster, and the country’s government is ill-prepared to handle the situation, women are at increased risk as well. Could this unrest come to America and put our own women in danger?
A mob or riot that is big enough to be well outside the control of police or the military puts women at risk by criminals looking to exploit the situation. The case of Lara Logan being sexually assaulted by a group of dozens of men during the Egyptian celebrations at the resignation of Hasni Mubarak is well documented. What isn’t as well documented are the other women assaulted in a similar situation which goes unreported to police, or is simply ignored or even condoned by local law enforcement officials. Lara was lucky to escape with her life. Other women haven’t been so fortunate.
Stories of rape in Syria
Stories of rape at the hands of soldiers in Syria have been rampant, but difficult to document or prove. (http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2078622,00.html?xid=fblike) But these are not the only incidents of rape at the hands of a country’s military or an outside occupying military force. In Bosnia-Hercegovina, thousands of Muslim women were raped. During the Japanese occupation of China, tens of thousands of women were raped. During the Rwandan genocide, it was determined that as much as half a million women were raped. The term “spoils of war” has typically meant soldiers doing whatever they pleased to the females of the enemy they were conquering or had conquered. Laws against war crimes of this nature have been enacted, but it doesn’t seem much of a deterrent to an occupying army.
Haiti was particularly devastated by the earthquakes of January 2010. Eighteen months later, the situation is still grave with hundreds of thousands of people still living in tent cities or worse. Many parents were killed or grievously injured, leaving young girls as the only people who could support the family and earn money for food. (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/06/17/haiti-s-teenage-prostitution-problem-aid-groups-trying-to-help.html) Unfortunately, many of them lack skills to earn a living outside, have been forced to abandon an education they can no longer afford, and do the unthinkable just to buy food for their family or shelter for themselves. In other countries, when natural disaster strikes and the recovery is a long arduous process, the incurring poverty makes families ripe targets for human traffickers offering a quick payday to help the family through tough times. The human traffickers will simply buy one or more of the children to help the rest of the family. The temporary impairment of local law enforcement by the natural disaster enables the traffickers to get away with it.
Could American women be at risk in the same scenarios?
Consider that we have a growing Muslim population that is trying to get Sharia law recognized as legitimate and equal to the constitutional laws of America; this would put all women at risk, not just Muslim women.
Wars of another kind are happening on American streets; drug and gang wars happen every day.
In many of these wars, the same tactics are used against the families and particularly women and children of rival factions. Rape and sexual slavery are a very real threat to people inside our own borders. Even natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina within our borders can bring out the criminal opportunist, abducting women or children who may be assumed killed by a hurricane or earthquake. We’re not immune to riots and, as the economy continues to falter, the idea of those breaking out isn’t too farfetched, especially in poverty-stricken urban communities.
Would it be safer for us to keep our daughters hidden away and disguised as boys or would that push us closer to the tenants of Sharia laws and mirror the extreme steps taken by other families when occupied by an invading army? Hopefully our nation never sees this, though many today warn that if Radical Islam has it's way, that the West will indeed be faced with this grim reality.