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[16days_discussion] Rape Culture

Kathleen Sloan kathysloan128 at
Wed Sep 19 13:48:05 EDT 2012

Thank you Jeanne for your thoughtful response and the important information
you've shared.  It is vitally important to get this kind of information
into the public sphere and that must largely come through media attention.
 It is often difficult to get the media to pay attention to these issues
but the efforts by women's rights groups must continue, particularly
through collaboration.

The obscenity of the hunts and torture you raise are also related to
domestic violence.  In this patriarchal world of male domination and
violence of every kind, the tactics of imprisonment, sexual assault & rape,
torture, threats and brutal physical assaults are all employed by domestic
violence perpetrators against their victims.  Animal abuse and torture is
also characteristic of batterers.  It is essential to connect the dots
between these myriad manifestations of male violence inculcated
and enabled by patriarchal culture and power.

Kathy Sloan
National Organization for Women (NOW)
Board of Directors

On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Jeanne Sarson <twin2 at> wrote:

>   Hello Everyone;
> As shocking but yet not surprising as this article, On ‘Predator and Prey
> Day’ Boys Hunt Girls, by Piper Hoffman is, it is a very important piece
> of reporting. There is another layer of importance that is not addressed
> probably because it consists of a reality that has yet to be disclosed. I
> will disclose it now.
> My colleague, Linda MacDonald, and I have been, since 1993, grass root
> supporters and human right defenders of women mainly who have survived
> torture by private persons or non-state actors. In the course of these
> almost 20 years we have been trusted to hear their life-threatening
> ordeals. These ordeals have included being told of “hunting games”. For
> example, one woman spoke of being taken to cabins in the woods and told to
> start running that she was going to be hunted down. She ran and guns were
> fired. Of course there is never an escape. A childhood ‘story’ involving
> human trafficking, which has always been present in the non-state torture
> ordeals that we have experienced listening to, mean the woman when she was
> a young child was taken to a strange city. Taken out onto the street she
> was told to start running so that the torturers could have the pleasure of
> chasing her down. ‘Hunting games’ are about the torturers considering
> ‘creative’ ways to satisfy the pleasures derived from the infliction of
> terror.
> So, for Linda and I this article is most important. It enables us to tell
> and write of the ‘hunting game’ stories that have been entrusted to us. It
> enables us to refer to the article in a manner that lends support to the
> reality of ‘hunting games’. It helps to remove the denial we usually are
> confronted with when we speak of the ‘creative’ brutalities are non-state
> torturers inflict.
> The other point I make is that Linda and I have also been told that
> necrophilic bestiality occurs during hunting seasons—the hunter rapes his
> kill. So the ‘hunting game’ described in Piper Hoffman’s article must be
> taken seriously for many many reasons. The attitudes and pleasures such
> ‘games’ trigger can be inter-generationally dangerous but could also be
> deadly.
> Classic non-state torture is an emerging human rights violation, it has
> been a struggle to have it visibilized, but it must be if humanity is to
> progress.
> Kathy and 16 days thanks so much for sharing the article.
> Jeanne Sarson
> Canada
>  *From:* Kathleen Sloan <kathysloan128 at>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:41 AM
> *To:* 16 Days Discussion <16days_discussion at>
> *Subject:* [16days_discussion] Rape Culture
> Rape culture is endemic and pervasive in American society.  This event at
> a high school is far beyond appalling and sickening.
> Kathy Sloan
> National Organization for Women (NOW)
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