Retribution after Sexual Assault: “Be careful what you ask for…”

Holy Hormones Journal:  Years ago I presented at a conference in Oklahoma and I had the opportunity to meet a most fascinating woman with a strong message for me – and now I am sharing with you. My new colleague and I were discussing sexual assaults and I happened to tell her the retribution I would inflict on anyone who attempted an assault on her body. This woman’s response was “Be careful what you ask for.” You see, she was gang-raped by the sheriff’s son and a bunch of his cronies. Instead of suffering in shame, she took matters in her own hand. Stalked the dudes, aimed her gun and shot off the rapist’s balls. Yippers. She was arrested and although they tried to convict her of attempted murder she proved her marksmanship and was given 16 years in prison.

Do women have no options? Are we supposed to silently suffer the shame of rape and assault? Of course, in this country my colleague had the opportunity to prove her skill at aiming her gun. Retribution are real feelings  some women have. For this woman in Iran, she had no recourse. She was shamed and had nothing left to lose – would not be able to marry – lost her life, career, her standing in the community. RIP Jabbari, you will be remembered. If it happens to one woman – it happens to all of us.

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MSN News
October 24, 2014

Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign

A message posted on the homepage of a Facebook campaign that was set up to try to save her, but which now states “Rest in Peace,” confirmed the report.

Amnesty International said in a statement issued late Friday that Jabbari, an interior designer, was due to be executed for the 2007 stabbing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi.

A UN human rights monitor had said the killing of Sarbandi was an act of self-defence after he tried to sexually assault Jabbari, and that her trial in 2009 had been deeply flawed.

Iranian actors and other prominent figures had appealed for a stay of execution, echoing similar calls in the West.

Efforts for clemency had intensified in recent weeks. Jabbari’s mother was allowed to visit her for one hour on Friday, Amnesty said, a custom that tends to precede executions in Iran.

According to the United Nations, more than 250 people have been executed in Iran since the beginning of 2014.

The UN and international rights groups had said Jabbari’s confession was obtained under intense pressure and threats from Iranian prosecutors, and she should have had a retrial.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.