German journalist and author Mithu Sanyal (b. 1971) writes thoughtfully about the culture of rape through the ages in Rape: From Lucretia to MeToo, in which she argues that the individual's understanding of rape is closely linked to society's perception of sex, sexuality and gender.
With this book, which is divided into six parts with preface and afterword, Sanyal opens the debate about sexualized violence, boundaries and consent, while also emphasizing the strange fact that society's understanding of rape has remained constant throughout the years, despite the fact that the world has changed.
"Rape kills soul"
The suicide of the Roman woman Lucretia after she was raped by Sextus stands as a symbol of the expression «rape kills the soul». In Lucretia's case, she went so far as to commit suicide to regain her honor. Suicide at that time was hailed as a heroic act in line with the heroic death of the Spartans.
One of the earliest forms of male cohesion was to rape a woman.
Unfortunately, in some cases, rape still ends with suicide, if not with murder committed by the perpetrator or family members (so-called honor killings). If rape does not result in a biological death, it will be associated with a symbolic death as follows «victim» throughout life.
In one of the oldest collections of Babylonian law, Hammurabi's Laws of 1754 BC, rape is considered theft. . .
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