After Being Gang Raped, Teen Did the Unthinkable

It's hard to believe in this day and age that there are countries in which rape and violence are so prevalent, they've become common place. It's unthinkable that a young girl could be punished by authorities just because she was the victim of a violent rape. The sad fact is, these things are still happening. Some stories are truly shocking, but hopefully they will inspire change.

One teen in Morocco was gang raped by eight men. The men were known to be drug traffickers, and one was even abusing a young boy when he was caught and arrested. The eight men were all released on bail.

While out of jail, they began harassing and threatening the 17-year-old victim. They event tried to blackmail her into silence by threatening to release a video they took of the account.

In countries like Morocco, laws fail to protect women and girls, and people even treat victims of violence and rape as though they were co-conspirators to a crime.

The 17-year-old girl just couldn't take it anymore. She poured a flammable liquid on herself and lit herself on fire. She died of her burn injuries.

This anonymous teen isn't the only one who is suffering from the culture of rape and violence in many African and Middle Eastern nations. By getting these stories out, change is possible. Just consider the tragic fate of another teen girl.

Amina Filali, 16, was a Moroccan teen who was raped by a man who found a loophole to help him avoid incarceration: he could marry her.

The prosecutor advised Filali's father that marrying her rapist was the best thing for the girl. This was to preserve Amina's honor, because the community looked at raped women as though they were tramps.

The teen was forced to wed the very man who brutalized her, and to submit to him as his wife. He received no punishment for sexually assaulting her.

Unfortunately, she couldn't take it. Shortly after the 'wedding', Amina committed suicide.

Filali's story got attention thanks to activists who brought awareness to the backwards laws. As hard as these stories are to hear, putting them out there are the only hope the world has of bringing much needed change.

Source: MailOnline
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