The Rape Of A Mother

Author: Dave Donelson
Book: Heart of Diamonds: A Novel of Scandal, Love and Death in the Congo

In this passage from Heart of Diamonds, rape is an act of terrorism, not sexual violation. In the Congo conflict, it is committed by an armed group, usually in public in front of parents, husbands, children or neighbors, and followed by mutilations and other corporal torture. In many cases, it turns into sexual slavery that continues for months. In others, it results in horrible death.


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