Typing that headline makes me want to vomit. It makes me angry, it makes me cringe. How in the world can this even be a true statement? Forced to marry her rapist- it is disgusting…it is beyond words.
The web is a buzz over the story of Amina who’s rapist escaped prison time by being allowed to marry her- her family agreed to this situation. In Morocco, the loss of a woman’s virginity outside of marriage is shameful, it is taboo and the woman is often blamed for her rape.
This horrifying story is, unfortunately, not the first nor will it be the last if we don’t do something to stop this. Around the world, woman and children are being sold into sex slavery and forced to serve up to 30 clients a day. Young virgin girls are especially prized. Virgins are believed to be able to cure Aids. While they may not be taking their own life as Amina did, their fate is the same.