Soraya Chemaly: Some Thoughts on Arial Castro, George Zimmerman and Ending Violence
Huffington Post - over 3 years
So, this happened: Ariel Castro, a man who harvested three girls off of the street to enslave, rape and torture them in his house for 10 years, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. Good riddance. But, let's be clear, while Castro might seem psychotic and this case enraging and terrifying, there is no shortage of cases with similarly staggering details. All. Over. The. World. Every. Single. Solitary. Day. Not only is this violence against girls and women, because they are girls and women, tragic for the individuals involved, but it is a big, fat, canary in a coal mine.
There are WAYYY too many men on earth like Ariel Castro who insist they aren't monsters. Many people pay for these beliefs and our institutions continue to enable them to act on their hateful convictions for with unconscionable confidence and entitlement. It's a global, systemic failure that makes justice for girls and women an oxymoron and leads to widespread harm to boys and men. Violent
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