Spirituality and Mythology

Mythology, rape and silencing the victim

Not just one but two crimes are often perpetrated against the victim of rape; they are often forcibly silenced after being subjected to abuse

Rape is one of the most heinous crimes against women and one of the most shameful acts a man can commit. Shameful, because it exposes man’s inability to control his sexual urges and to accept a denial, which every other animal in the universe understands. What is even worse is that statistics shows that many of the predators are known to the victims, often trusted!

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How does one deal with rape committed by known people, fathers, uncles, brothers, neighbours, etc.? Greek mythology tells of Philomela and Procne. Procne marries Tereus and is away from her own family for a very long time. After close to five years, she expresses a desire to meet her sister Philomela. Tereus agrees to fetch her. However, on the way back, Tereus is overcome with lust and rapes Philomela, who says that her sister would never pardon him, nor would the world.

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