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Nobel laureate starts fund for survivors of sexual violence

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If the idea is to give money directly or pay their bills, they are going to wind up with a ton of fakers. How will they sort them?

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Rape/sexual violence affects both genders, not just women. This doctor knows how it can affect people. One week a few years ago in eastern  Congo/Zaire over 10,000 people of all ages (male and female) were raped by soldiers. And it was the same way during the Yugoslavia breakup wars.

Dr. Denis Mukwege is doing a very noble and laudable action here. Of course rape education also would help change many misperceptions people have of this hideous destructive crime.

I applaud this smart man. He's got a lot of work to do.

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Of course rape education also would help change many misperceptions

And why in the world are third party's needing their perceptions changed?

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Genital mutilations are also sexual violence.

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Norman GoodmanToday 09:03 am JSTOf course rape education also would help change many misperceptions

And why in the world are third party's needing their perceptions changed?

Because rape is a crime. It's always destructive - one party is not consenting. There is a lot of confusion about that factor, and many outdated social norms, traditions, stigmas and 'religious' traditions are not doing anything to solve the problem. Rape causes shame, stigma and alienation and leads to worse things later on. That's why 'perceptions' must change. Rape is a crime of violence, not passion. Just like pedophilias and kiddie porn is. It is never OK, ever!

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@starpunk That was not an answer to my question. It was bluster. The amount of talk about rape is off the charts. You won't find anybody saying rape is okay anywhere. Anyone who rapes has been told multiple times its not okay just as they have been told murder is not okay. But we still have rape and we still have murder. Telling people HARDER hardly sounds like a solution to anything.

If you ask me the question is not one of education. Its a problem of the so-called "educators" not knowing what the heck they are talking about. Most people I see saying rape this and rape that don't seem to have a clue about human sexuality. And since they don't, they are not promoting positive sexuality. And since they aren't negative sexuality still exists and will continue to exist.

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If you ask me the question is not one of education. Its a problem of the so-called "educators" not knowing what the heck they are talking about. Most people I see saying rape this and rape that don't seem to have a clue about human sexuality. And since they don't, they are not promoting positive sexuality. And since they aren't negative sexuality still exists and will continue to exist.

Rape is where one party is not consenting. The UN Commission of Human Rights and the US military Uniform Code of Military Justice defines rape as a forceful violent non-consensual act and says ' Any penetration, however slight is enough to complete the offense'.

Positive sexuality leads to positive sex which means both parties are consenting. If one is not consenting and the other 'does it' to the other anyway then that is rape. That is the key and the main factor. Another big problem is that rape survivors - male and female don't get taken seriously enough. People tend to shove it under the rug. Stigmas prevail.

Mutual consent is the factor. Even the 'educators' may not 'get it' but positive sexuality means both parties say 'yes'.

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