Skip to comments.State Dept won't condemn Saudi 200 lashes verdict against rape VICTIM
Posted on 09/23/2019 8:52:22 PM PDT by Steely Tom
COSTELLO: To most Americans it's an outrage -- a rape victim violated by seven men -- not only blamed for her own attack, but sentenced to prison and 200 lashes. The 19-year-old victim, interviewed by the Human Rights Watch organization, said: "Everyone looks at me as if I was wrong. I wanted to die."
In Saudi Arabia, woman cannot travel without permission from a male relative. And that night, the Saudi victim -- without permission -- met a male friend to retrieve some photographs. Both were abducted and raped. She says: "The first man with the knife raped me. I was destroyed. The fifth and sixth ones were the most abusive. After the seventh one, I couldn't feel my body anymore." The woman's original trial took place last year. Her attackers got sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in jail, and the Saudi judge determined the victim was also to blame -- for illegally mingling.
...COSTELLO: The woman's attorney, Abdul Rahman al-Lahem, did appeal. And for his trouble, he's been stripped of his law license. And the judge ruled because his client spoke to the media, her sentence would double -- from 90 lashes to six months in prison. Plus, those 200 lashes with a bamboo reed. And if you're wondering what that looks like...
WILCKE: They use about a one, one-and-a-half yard long thin stick -- thin bamboo stick, usually, which you're supposed to whip the person with on the back, either publicly or non-publicly...in the marketplace, in front of the supermarket...
COSTELLO: Over here, the U.S. State Department would only say the situation was "astonishing."
QUESTION: Just to be clear, you're in no way condemning the sentence at all?
SEAN MCCORMACK, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: I've said what I'm going to say about it.
(Excerpt) Read more at transcripts.cnn.com ...
Pretty amazing and disgusting story. Make of it what you will.
When have the Left ever criticized Islam for anything ? Only when Trump is trying to develop good relations with a forward thinking leader must we criticize them ? Nice try.
No one has accused Arab men of being sexually discriminating.
Leave it to CNN to drive between us and our Allies when we are a whisper away from a shooting war with Iran. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
I want my trillion dollars.
Bush and Saud.
Is Islam right about women?
[Something to ask feminists.]
The State Department is supposed to stand up for victims of every crime all over the world?
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