What's wrong with the way we approach rape?
Calling rape systematic is not the mainstream approach to gender-based-violence. Instead various institutions and social ideologies present rape incidents as isolated, and victims and perpetuators as unique. Yet we house more child molesters than murderers, more violence against women than terrorism, more toxic masculinity than corrupt officials. We talk about justice – yet do not judiciously engage with injustice committed against gendered minorities. On account of its systematic nature, sexual violence must be understood as inherent to the structures of governance and the fabric of the society. Any nuanced national approach must first be understood by participating individuals. Awareness and reflection can help us clarify misconceptions and question widely held beliefs that serve as breeding grounds for violent and ignorant actions. Rape and sexual violence cannot be prevalent in just systems and cultures. Pakistan has a rape culture problem – it’s time we start acknowledging that the violence is deep-rooted.