Fighting rape with words: Gloria Steinem launches website to combat sexual violence in war

Feminist and activist Gloria Steinem is the brains behind Women Under Siege, a newly launched website designed to draw attention to the fight against sexualized violence as a toolin genocide and conflicts zones around the world.

The website — part journalistic, part advocacy — details horrific stories of rape and sexual violence in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Libya and Bosnia as well as long-unspoken cases from the Holocaust.

“This particular form of violence seems profoundly invisible and therefore it continues to punish the victim and rarely punishes the criminal,” said Steinem, who co-founded Ms. Magazine.

But what drew Steinem to the project?

“It (sexualized violence) is a perennial longstanding deep issue,” she said. “We’ve been working on it as long as I can remember. In the first instance explaining rape was not sex, it was violence.”

Read the full story in The Toronto Star.

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