Bells for Haiti In Remembrance

by guest author Melissa Ricks, 

Today is the one year anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti, at 4:53 pm bells will toll for 35 seconds in unison across the United States.  Read more

I read an article recently (Essence Magazine Jan. 2011) that moved me to tears. One year since the earthquake that killed 200,000 in Haiti there is still devastation. Haitian women and female children in particular are suffering due to the increased number of rapes since the disaster. The article highlighted that prior to 2005, rape was considered a crime of passion. Since then rape is punishable but very few are prosecuted. Psychologists say that men rape after such a disaster because they have no power over anything else. The make shift tents are no protection from the predators that come in the night disguising their faces and raping women and children as young as 1 years old.
One simple thing we can do to help is send flashlights, batteries and whistles. Some Haitian women have formed a security night watch in which they use flashlights to help them identify the predators and whistles to scare them away. When the whistle is blown other woman come to the rescue of the would be victim and either scare him away or hold him until the police arrive.
If you would like to contribute contact MADRE ( MADRE is an international women’s human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women’s organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education and other human rights.


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