Being forced by another human being to do something with one’s own body that is deplorable, reprehensible and vile is a moral sin. The latter falls under the broad definition of rape.
Rapists come in all colors, genders, from varied economic backgrounds, and from every location on the globe. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released data in 2014 that reveals rapes are occurring more often in America at outdoor concerts, state fairs, and other daytime activities. Almost every geographic location can report an upsetting number of rapes and Detroit is shamefully on the list of offenders.
Over the summer gangs of rapists have put fear into Detroiters as women have been raped while their partners were forced to watch. The mind-set of each individual rapists is best left for a psychiatric intervention. However, the life of each rape victim is left with prolonged feelings of anxiety, stress, or fear.
Other risk factors that victims of sexual assault might endure include: Self-Harm; self-harm can become a coping mechanism to deal with difficult or painful feelings: Flashbacks; as it is possible for memories of a rape to feel like they are taking place in the current moment, while depression and sexually transmitted diseases complete the nightmarish scenario.
The most recent alleged rape victim in Detroit is a 21 year old male who was driving home from work on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The victim was accosted and then raped by two men. The depravity of such an act weakens a society and undermines the existence of humanity itself.
School girls have been hijacked off of their bus routes by rapists in Detroit, taken into abandon buildings and sexually assaulted. Earlier this year Detroit police made two arrests that involved women being sexually assaulted and male victims, in one case the male companion was forced to watch.
The Detroit News corroborated that two attacks happened two hours apart on the night of July 18, in the area of the 13000 block of West McNichols on Detroit’s northwest side. In each case, the couples were out walking when the attackers approached them, armed with handguns.
Police arrested Antoine Edward-Ikie Orr, 18; and Jordan Alexander Reese, 17, Thursday, July 23 in connection with an attack on a 21-year-old woman and 20-year-old man near 10300 West McNichols. Police said all suspects participated in sexual assaults.
In a separate incident one rape victim detailed her account…but I remember him removing my clothes locking a dog collar around my neck and dragging me upstairs. Up in his bedroom I was chained to the floor. I felt the pain of him ripping my hair – I had braids … he pulled them at the roots. Then he broke my nose and raped me. …In the four days that followed I was chained up, raped, beaten and tortured. I did whatever I had to do to survive, no matter how humiliating, painful, or disgusting. I did it because I wanted to live and hoped people might be looking for me. Hope was all I had.
Unfortunately, rape is grossly underreported to law enforcement. The approximately 92,000 reported cases of rape each year reflect only a portion of the actual number of rapes that occur. Certainly, it is safe to sit on one’s sofa and watch the evening news as another rape victim has their story divulged. The comfort of one’s home provides the distance and security needed to empathize with a victim without direct involvement. No matter how sickening, disturbing or gut-wrenching the circumstances of the rape, home can be a safe haven.
Fortunately, being uncomfortable about a situation causes some to demand answers and turn to activism. In the City of Detroit, Community Activist Malik Shabazz, leader of the Marcus Garvey Movement and founder of The Detroit 300 is uncomfortable amid Detroit’s criminal element. He has taken a very visible and aggressive stand on crime in Detroit. He patrols the streets of Detroit with a determined band of supporters to search for and locate sex offenders, while instilling a sense of hope and safety back into communities.
The Detroit 300 has been responsible for solving several high profile cases while working with Crime Stoppers and law enforcement. Minister Shabazz can be found on the streets passing out posters of alleged suspects. He uncompromisingly calls for an end to rape by telling residents to be aware, to be proactive, to speak out, to stand up and to join his movement for a safer Detroit.
Minster Shabazz, along with many others, has opened up the door for a more active-based crusade on the issue of rape in the City of Detroit. Equally important is the national call that was issued by President Barack Obama for all of us to ensure victims of sexual violence are not left to face their trials alone. He continued by indicating that too often survivors suffer in silence and fear that the criminal justice system will fail to bring the perpetrator to justice. “We must do more to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault…”