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Woman Given 16 Months for Reporting Her Rape & George Zimmerman?Poem by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
As the US reels over the verdict in the killing of Trayvon Martin, and George Zimmerman goes free, we are directed to the plight of Marte Deborah Dalelv, a rape victim who narrowly escaped being sentenced to prison
(CLEVELAND) - Rape prosecutions are difficult in the United Arab Emirates, a strong ally of the United States due to oil trading that maintains laws fit for the 15th Century.
While western extravagance is tolerated and even encouraged, the bottom line is that laws in these countries are completely biased toward men and against women.
The reason is that they are influenced by Islamic law.
In order for a man to be convicted in a rape case, they have to either confess, or be convicted based on the testimony of adult male witnesses.
In other words, the testimony of female rape victims has no bearing or impact.
As the United States reels over the verdict in the killing of Trayvon Martin, and George Zimmerman goes free, we are directed to the plight of Marte Deborah Dalelv, a rape victim who narrowly escaped being sentenced to prison for 16 months.
She ultimately expressed joy (after surviving rape) because this archaic country didn't lock her up in prison for being raped. It is as though both the US and the UA are taking stupid pills and playing this long exaggerated game where everyone acts like a cretin on command and subjugates rape victims to prison.
The United States does a very poor job of ensuring that its business partners comply with basic, international law.
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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