Saturday, December 10, 2016

RAPE - a poem by Sy'needa Penland

Rape, a Silent Epidemic!

As a military veteran, who experienced various degrees of racism, sexism, and retaliation while serving 20 years in the Navy, since 2011, I've closely monitored the military's rape epidemic; the Military’s Justice Improvement Act, and the growing number of victims who reported being raped while serving in the military, and the survivors of this heinous crime have yet to be awarded fair and equal justice.

For several years, I've stood on the sidelines as a neutral supporter, waiting for our political leaders to agree upon a Human Rights Bill, to protect the Civil Liberties and Human Rights of all American citizens, young and old. 

It was recently brought to my attention the notion of "same-sex" rape, and sexual assault crimes being committed against our youth and how they are afraid to speak out. 

A dear friend recently shared intimate details of his daughter being molested by her best friend, another 11-year-old girl, and the father felt helpless that his daughter's “virginity was taken away from her,” is how he put it, and he was unable to protect her against such a violation of her personal space.

Apparently, his daughter’s BFF's mother is a lesbian, and is teaching her daughter what makes a female a lesbian and the little girl wanted to experiment with her BFF and initiated sexual contact with her friend, who was oblivious to sexual relations and her parents sought to reserve the conversation about the “birds and the bees” until a later time, when they saw fit.

I immediately felt sympathy for the father and was deeply saddened by his story that I was inspired to write a poem in response to such a sensitive issue, that I consider a silent epidemic.

As a gifted poet, I’m honored to share my gift and this topic truly touched my soul.

Rape is not a pleasant word to hear in any conversation, especially amongst adults and it sheds light on the dark side of human nature, seeking to fulfill their earthly desires.  It’s even more unbearable to discuss rape when it involves the lack of legal protection and safety measures to protect our children from sexual predators.

It's time we take RAPE seriously and sign into law a Human Rights Bill that will grant Human Rights Protection of ALL American citizens, especially our youth!!

Rape is defined as a type of sexual assault, usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration perpetrated against a person without that person’s consent.  The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent.  The term rape is sometimes used interchangeably with the term sexual assault.

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