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3 years ago
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
― Albert Einstein
5 brutal gangrapes across the world that shook the roots of humanity:
1. The 2012 Delhi gangrape
The whole of India had come together to outrage against the brutal murder of the girl Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was gangraped by six men, including a minor, on a moving bus on the cold night December 16, 2012. The horrors of this case not only shook the country but the entire world, when medical reports confirmed that Jyoti had been beaten, penetrated with an iron rod in the genitals, and almost eviscerated by the minor, who had pulled her intestines out through her genitals.
Despite survive the night of such atrocities, Jyoti succumbed to her injuries on December 29, on her way to Singapore for treatment.
2. The murder of Oksana Makar, 2012
Oksana Makar was a few months away from her 19th birthday when she was gangraped by three men in Mykolaiv, Ukraine in March, 2012.
However, Makar's agony did not end there. Her assailants attempted to strangle her after the rape, and later moved her to a deserted construction site, where she was set on fire alive. Makar, after burning for hours, was discovered the next morning, still breathing. Two weeks later, she succumbed to her injuries from the burn and smoke inhalation. As per reports, since unmarried, she was buried in a wedding dress.
3. The 1993 Houston gangrapes
On the last night of their lives in 1993, 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena and 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman had taken a short cut through a railroad bridge in an attempt to make it home before their 11:30 curfew. But they never did.
Pena and Ertman were grabbed by a gang named the Black and Whites on the railroad bridge, and raped for the next one hour. All the six rapists in the gang were teenagers, the youngest Vinnie Medellin, being just 14.
As per the medical examiner, Pena's two front teeth had been knocked out, while two of Ertman's ribs were broken after she had died. The testimony also showed that their necks were stomped upon after they were strangled to death to ensure that "they were really dead."
4. The murder Of Junko Furuta, 1988
Furuta, a few days after turning 17, was kidnapped by four young adults on November 12, 1988, who then kept her captive in a house owned by one of the culprits, in Adachi, Tokyo.
The four men, post-rape, tortured Furuta for the following 44 days, until she succumbed to death. According to the statements of her assailants at their trials, Furuta was raped over 400 times, beaten, penetrated with foreign objects including an iron rod and light-bulb, made to her drink her own urine, fed with cockroaches, and burned with cigarette ends. The assailants had also inserted fireworks into her genitals and set them off and cut her nipple out with pliers.
On the 44th day, Furuta was doused with lighter fluid and set alight, the final torture that claimed her life.
5. The murder of Anita Cobby, 1986
The life of Anita Lorraine Cobby in Sydney, Australia, was brutally cut short when 18-year-old John Travers and four others decided to slit her throat after taking turns to rape her on February 2, 1986.
Cobby, who was a 26-year-old nurse, was on her way home when she was abducted, dragged through a barbed-wire fence, and raped by Travers and his friends. The medical reports later showed that Cobby had been beaten, kicked and almost decapitated, before her throat was slit open to bleed her to death, which, the medical professionals believe, was done while she was still conscious.
“... in practice the standard for what constitutes rape is set not at the level of women's experience of violation but just above the level of coercion acceptable to men.”
― Judith Lewis Herman
' The greatest people are those who can give others hope. ''
Michaela Petit and Petit Family case:
Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters were held captive in their own house, raped and then brutally murdered. The case is also known by the name of Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion murders.
According to the police, on July 23, 2007, the convicts Steven J. Hayes and Joshua A. Komisarjevsky struck her husband, Dr. William Petit, unconscious and tied him in the basement after invading their house. They then savagely raped the 11-year-old Michaela and her mother Jennifer Petit. To cover their crime they burned down the entire area along with two children and their mother.
The Hartford Courant referred to the case as “possibly the most widely publicized crime in the state’s history”. On August 2015, the state of Connecticut abolished the previous awarded death penalty, and both had their death sentences reduced to life sentences.
Story of Richard Speck:
Richard Benjamin Speck was a psychotic mass murderer and rapist who systematically tortured, raped, and murdered women of different age groups from six different states. His first victim was Virgil Harris, a 65-year-old resident of Monmouth, who he raped and then killed.
Ella Mae Hooper, a 53-year-old woman, whom Speck took her to his room, brutally raped her. On July 13, 1966, Speck broke into a townhouse in Chicago’s Jeffery Manor neighborhood, functioning as a dormitory for nurses, he then raped and killed 8 medical students. Speck died of a heart attack after 25 years in prison.
Murder of Sandra Cantu:
Sandra Renee Cantu was 8 years old, when she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered by her family neighbor named Melissa Huckaby. The incident took place in Tracy, California, U.S, on March 27, 2009. She was abducted and sexually assaulted with a foreign object (rolling pin).
Her body was discovered after several days inside a suitcase in an irrigation pond. Melissa Huckaby, was sentenced to life without parole. On her sentencing, she said, ”I still cannot understand why I did what I did. This is a question I will struggle with for the rest of my life”.
Murder mystery of Barbara Barnes:
Barbara Ann Barnes was a teenager living in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio. She was just a thirteen-year-old school girl, when she was raped and murdered by one of her own classmate. Barbara was last reported seen on December 7, 1995, on her way back to school.
On February 22, 1996, her remains were discovered by some workers in a riverbed. The cause of her death was later determined by examiners to have been by strangulation. The autopsy reports also show that she had also been molested. The culprit is still at large, the case still remains unsolved till this day.
Marina Elizabeth Habe:
Elizabeth Habe was the daughter of an Austrian writer and publisher Hans Habe. She was murdered in Los Angeles, California allegedly by members of the Manson family. Her body was discovered on New Years Day of 1969 on Mulholland Drive. At the time when her corpse was found, it was almost unrecognizable, with bruises in her eyes, slashes to her throat and chest area and partially burned.
Murder and rape of Emily Sander:
Emily Irene Sander was an 18-year-old student studying at the Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. She was found dead after six days of missing on November 29, 2007. On December 1, 2007, police confirmed the body to be that of Sander.
An autopsy was performed and it was revealed that Sander had been stabbed multiple times and strangled till death with a telephone cord. Israel Mireles was charged with capital murder (first degree murder) and rape. On March 31, 2010, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Madge Oberholtzer case:
Madge Augustine Oberholtzer was kidnapped by the members of Ku Klux Klan (white supremacy) in March 1925, while working for the Indiana State on an adult literacy campaign. D. C. Stephenson a higher ranked member of the Klan, holding her captive in a train car, raped and tortured her.
She died from a staph infection from her injuries and kidney failure.
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3 years ago
It can be really difficult time for a young girl to come to terms with getting her period and becoming a young woman. The very, very last thing she needs is to be embarrassed by having to use a toilet she has to share with young men, who can be very unfeeling, uncaring, rude, teasing etc. What if she has an accident and needs to wash blood out of her clothing, how can she do that in a unisex toilet with boys at the sink. Come on people - have some sense! No woman, no matter what age, should have to share a toilet with men in a public space. That small haven of safety, where you can feel relaxed that there are only women present is very important. Where has this nonsense about unisex toilets come from? I would really urge everyone to speak out against it - it is such a ridiculous thing. Let's celebrate our differences and guard our dignity by continuing to have separate male and female toilets.