On Predation of Women

On Predation of Women
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As the Me Too movement gains some traction in this part of the world, what is and remains somewhat obscured and under the wraps are forms of sexual abuse and predation that its victims are unable to articulate. There are essentially two forms of this predation: one is of those victims who are either not educated enough to bring to notice their travails or are dogged by the conservatism of society. That is, they fear the taboos and stigmas associated with making public their sagas. The other involves a power relationship. In this case or instance of predation, it is someone who holds or has power over a female victim and seeks to misuse and abuse this power by predating upon a woman. This can take the form of offering a promotion, a raise, and /or withholding promotions or making life difficult for a woman and so on caught in a power relationship. Under both conditions, it is extremely difficult and rare for female victims to go public. In the latter case, since a woman is trapped in an asymmetric power relationship which is open ended, then it is becomes well night impossible for female victim to either complain or shame the victim. Obiter dictum, this might be the structural flaw of the Me Too movement. A careful analysis of the phenomenon reveals that often times, it is women who are no longer trapped in a power relationship that have gone public. That is, their tormentors or predators are no longer their bosses , or in a position to harm and make life difficult for them. What then offers the best and effective protection for women under these conditions? A combination of social media activism and legal empowerment is the answer. A woman who has been predated upon or is being made a victim, by omission or commission, can take recourse to social media , name and shame her tormentor but then the victim must be protected by legal norms and edicts so that she is not harassed , in one form or the other, by her tormentor. In case of women that are for an n number of reasons unable to articulate their miseries, urban and better educated women must form groups that sensitize and educate these women about sexual predation and getting closure and justice. The suggestions delineated here are not exhaustive but could constitute a useful starting point in a critical and important arena.