I find that Islam is one of the largest groups that endorse rape myths. Here is what their scholar from Islam Q&A had to say:
The Arabic word ightisaab refers to taking something wrongfully by force. It is now used exclusively to refer to transgression against the honour of women by force (rape).
This is an abhorrent crime that is forbidden in all religions and in the minds of all wise people and those who are possessed of sound human nature. All earthly systems and laws regard this action as abhorrent and impose the strictest penalties on it, except a few states which waive the punishment if the rapist marries his victim! This is indicative of a distorted mind let alone a lack of religious commitment on the part of those who challenge Allaah in making laws. We do not know of any love or compassion that could exist between the aggressor and his victim, especially since the pain of rape cannot be erased with the passage of time – as it is said. Hence many victims of rape have attempted to commit suicide and many of them have succeeded, The failure of these marriages is proven and they are accompanied by nothing but humiliation and suffering for the woman.
Islam has a clear stance which states that this repugnant action is haraam and imposes a deterrent punishment on the one who commits it.
I admit I was so optimistic when I read what this scholar said. Finally someone opposed to these forced marriages and the whole rape fiasco. But this optimism soon quelled. As Dory the fish from Nemo said ‘Good feelings gone.’
No. ‘Western’ studies have shown that rapists can come in any shape or form whether previously being criminals or not. Alcohol and drugs play a role in some rapists and in others not at all. Usually the alcohol and drugs are used on the victim. But you fucked up here Mullah. If alcohol and drugs were influencing those men hiding in alley ways, they wouldn’t really be able to properly plan this crime would they? I would say alcohol and drugs mostly influence date and spouse rape, but plenty of rapists rape without. Yes they do take advantage of isolated places, just like any other crime. Hardly any of these studies, if any at all, show that it is based on women naked in the media. Lack of clothing is not correlated with rape, period. The commission for this reprehensible crime is often due to the need for power and control. For intimidation and a sense of entitlement. For revenge and anger.
Where do I start here? Covered women and uncovered women get raped. Most rapes are done by spouses not strangers. Segregating the men and women to such an extent will probably lead to more sexual perversity! Psychological studies have found that people who marry before a career are usually more depressed. Marriage does not close the door on rape. If someone wants to rape you they will. Marriage may in fact open the door on rape if the husband has rapist tendencies! These crimes occur in every society. Why don’t you quote the rape statistics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco etc? (If they care enough to keep official statistics i.e.) What kind of lives are we living? One that brings justice. We want Muslim women to take part in our free society and speak out against rape. I could argue the same for your society with its misogynistic views on women. You are the only people on Earth who punish women for being raped. But with those other things you said about Islam protecting a woman’s honor and modesty-please! This concept of modesty and honor on women is what leads to honor killings. Religious teachings of a desert Arab will not help a woman at all. Forbids women from wearing such and such and doing such and such is subjugation no matter how much you wish to sugarcoat the issue. Lastly I will point out that humans tend to want a little privacy when they go out now and then hence a woman having a Maharem or a chaperone around her 24/7 just denies her some basic rights.
Explain why you punish the victim with this usually, instead of the perpetrator?
In our view the man who rapes a woman, whether she is a virgin or not, if she is a free woman he must pay a “dowry” like that of her peers, and if she is a slave he must pay whatever has been detracted from her value. The punishment is to be carried out on the rapist and there is no punishment for the woman who has been raped, whatever the case. End quote.
And what a contradiction. Apparently Imam Malik stated himself there is NO PUNISHMENT FOR THE WOMAN WHATEVER THE CASE. I am so surprised. Your own famous ancient scholar said this? And yet you contradicted yourself above by implying women have some measure over what has happened to them by the clothing they wear. However old Malik here basically said ‘no excuses.’ Well I have to praise the man here. I just have to.
Shaykh Salmaan al-Baaji (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
In the case of a woman who is forced (raped): if she is a free woman, the one who forced her must pay her a “dowry” like that of her peers, and the hadd punishment is to be carried out on him. This is the view of al-Shaafa’i, and it is the view of al-Layth, and it was also narrated from ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him).
Abu Haneefah and al-Thawri said: the hadd punishment is to be carried out on him but he is not obliged to pay the “dowry”.
The evidence for what we say is that the hadd punishment and the “dowry” are two rights, one of which is the right of Allaah and the other is the right of the other person. So they may be combined, as in the case of a thief whose hand is cut off and he is required to return the stolen goods. End quote.
Great. Compensate the rape victim. If only these rulings were more prominent.
As Dory said ‘Good feelings done’
The scholars are unanimously agreed that the rapist is to be subjected to the hadd punishment if there is clear evidence against him that he deserves the hadd punishment, or if he admits to that. Otherwise, he is to be punished (i.e., if there is no proof that the hadd punishment for zina may be carried out against him because he does not confess, and there are not four witnesses, then the judge may punish him and stipulate a punishment that will deter him and others like him). There is no punishment for the woman if it is true that he forced her and overpowered her, which may be proven by her screaming and shouting for help. End quote.
Hardly any rapes have witnesses. Again you said above (and by fact) that the rapists rape women in an isolated place. So how does she prove it? With DNA evidence, physical examinations for bruising and damage to the vagina and/or anus, testimony from rape experts, data experts and doctors and if possible witnesses. You do not assume a woman is not raped because of a lack of screaming. A rapist could have a knife to her, tape her mouth shut and what about if it is a spouse raping her in the bedroom? No one will witness a rape except the victim and perpetrator so you cannot base his punishment on witnesses and her screaming. Honestly what century are we living in?