Those crazy raping foreigners strike again. Thank god women in the United States are finally absolutely safe from rape and the abuse of their husbands, lovers and partners.

The latest attack on an Indian bus of a woman again made national and international headlines recently. The BBC, at the forefront of that tremendous concern, posed the question in an article and examined “How India Treats its Women.” Brave, in-depth reporting by that Western “news” service. Based upon that coverage, I can happily announce that violence against women has at last been addressed the world over, and that we can all now fully focus our final efforts on India on eradicating that abuse. Kind of like smallpox.

My evidence for that optimism? The only news item I could find regarding violence and sexual assault against women anywhere in the world was the India story. Perhaps it is just that Indian and South Asian men are inherently evil. they are mostly dark-skinned and brown after all. Perhaps it is that Indian and South Asian women are inherently and especially alluring that men cannot help but commit those acts against them. What is certain is that there is absolutely no violence against women anywhere in the world, and especially in the United States, where there definitely is not a sexual assault or abuse committed every 9 seconds.

Luckily, women in America still have the protection of the Violence Against Women Act. At least that was until VAWA was allowed to expire at the end of 2012. There were virtually no headlines, almost no protests, and certainly only a fraction of the attention the Delhi tragedy gained. VAWA died a sad and silent death, taking with it protections, and assistance for women victimize, battered, raped and assaulted.

Coverage of the crime was necessary, and helped drive a desperately needed discussion of violence against women, and women’s issues in India. But the media concentrated on Indians and dangerous Indian attitudes towards women, which are hardly universal in Indians, and hardly unique to India.

The truth of it is, that violence against women and sexual assault are not a racial, religious or culturally specific phenomenon. It is wholly and completely an issue on how men are raised and the attitudes they cultivate about the treatment of women the world over. The attention of the Western media on the 23 year old woman who was brutally assaulted and raped, and who later succumbed to those injuries last December does not contribute to changing attitudes and cultures about violence against women. What it does do is divert the focus off men and culture and media, and all those things that drive the global rape culture, and allow men and governments to hide behind that diversion.

And to those who will complain that I do not have the guts to go after any other culture or religion, and that I focus on the too soft target of Western media and culture, you are wrong. Every culture, nation and religion on this planet bears this awful burden. It is as prevelent among Muslims as it is among Christians and Buddhists. The Taliban’s treatment of women is as perverse and criminal as the treatment of women in the US military. The Press in Pakistan, Russia, China and Fiji in their lack of proper coverage and perspective are as culpable as FOX news here or the BBC.

What is needed is a broader perspective, which is what media is supposed to offer. What should have happened was not this subversive cultural, national and racial bias in the Western media, but a connection to the terrible event on that bus with that precious young medical student to the current state of these issues in their own countries, and how, when it comes to protecting women, all nations, all religions, all news outlets are failing…

Call them out. Contact your local media, and ask them for that perspective. If they rebuff you, start your own media, like a blog. In only a year this blog has been seen in virtually every nation on earth. Be the change you desire in the world. In the United States, call your congressman and tell them you want VAWA sponsored today.

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About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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