With the recent suicide of lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, many media outlets wrote articles breaking the news of his untimely death. But one article stood out to me the most as it led to a train of thoughts about a typical @Khaleejigirl facing what Bennington faced throughout his life. Sexual abuse.
The title of the article that caught my attention was actually one that was published by CNN entitled, “Chester Bennington’s life may help male sex abuse victims speak up.” And although within the article, BBC journalist Joan Cook uses many forms of research such as a study in the United States that, “estimated how one in six males are sexually abused at some point during their childhood.” Cook also carries on to indicate how, “survivors of childhood sexual abuse are at an increased risk of developing a wide range of medical, psychological, behavioral and sexual disorders.”
This got me to thinking of how surely this is not specific to those who suffer from sexual abuse in the United States and it also cannot be linked to just those who are male.
For far too long, women from different parts of the world with diverse ethnicities, nationalities, and religions have been sexually abused or assaulted in the workplace. This is not new.
However, living in a diverse kind of culture such as Bahrain that has different kinds of religions, beliefs, living standards, education, and more, the more the definition of sexual abuse changes. And when it does, it makes the lines of this maltreatment blurrier than they were before. Specifically, when it comes to reporting such cases to the authorities if a @Khaleejigirl deems it to be necessary.
In fact, this occurs in a middle eastern country within many premises such as that of a workplace but such instances can easily be overlooked. These cases vary from an inappropriate touch on the knee to more. Through no fault of unawareness from the female sexually assaulted victim, the case is dropped faster than it has even started.
During many times, a Bahraini woman, despite her intelligent mind and resilient nature, may seem attractive to a member of the opposite or even same sex where they may even take it a step too far when it comes to interacting with them in the workplace. Be it a misplaced hand on an inappropriate location, an offhanded comment about the woman’s attractive leg, or even her makeup and who knows what else. The lady no matter what age she may be is more likely than not to be uncomfortable about the given situation. She may tell the gentleman to stop behaving this way, she may even tell her superior or HR manager, and when the issue is taken to higher authorities, it’s very rare to hear that a woman goes through with taking her problem to court.
35% of women worldwide have said they have fallen victim to cases of sexual or physical abuse during their lives.
This is especially true when the situation is one that’s been taken too far. It’s one where sexual abuse or rape is involved. A woman may not know what to do, she’s too embarrassed to talk or even think about the issue leaving her stuck, misguided, lost, confused, and most likely even more.
But what if the lines were not blurry? What if there was a clear definition as to what sexual assault was? What if a @Khaleejigirl could use that to her advantage and report anything that falls within that realm to the proper authorities? Will that solve the issue of sexual harassment in Bahrain? Even if it does, will it solve any psychological effect that the sexual harassment has had on a @Khaleejigirl?