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(en) Greece, rocinante - ESE: On the way home we want to be free, not brave [machine translation]

Date Tue, 11 May 2021 09:52:34 +0300

We watched the video with rage with the attempted rape of the girl in Nea Smyrni. Within a few hours and with a lot of notifications, the would-be rapist was arrested and we feel relieved that the girl escaped and that the necessary weight was given by society to her complaint. ----The fear that we will not return home safely at night is a situation that all of us, in one way or another, have experienced. Most of us saw in the girl's face our own and we certainly felt her fear throughout our body. We saw ourselves walking in that dark alley with the keys in the form of a self-defense tool, because somewhere we heard that this is how a girl was saved from rape. We felt anxious again about whether we would be able to make a sound, as we felt all our energy accumulating in our attempt to breathe. We recognized in her pace our effort to keep a steady pace, fast enough to get away if necessary, but also slow enough not to "provoke" the man who was following us. Because somewhere we heard that fear causes us and that we must be brave. And in the end we took with her a huge breath of relief, when we could now feel completely safe.

In the case of Nea Smyrni, apart from some comments of absolute half-heartedness, fortunately few were found to blame the girl, due to the videotaped material. But how many rapes, sexual harassment and abuse do not have the corresponding "evidence"? How many times have we reported to relatives, friends, police stations, similar stories, sometimes with much worse outcomes, and been able to answer questions that directly or indirectly accuse us, while watching our case end up in the file? It is important to note that unfortunately without that video, it would still be one of the dozens of incidents that happen every day and the would-be rapist would be looking for his sixth possible victim - at least from what we know so far.

In patriarchy we experience this feeling of doubt in every aspect of our lives. At every step we receive the message that maybe we did something wrong, that maybe we wore something wrong, that maybe we got the wrong tight, at the wrong time. We are constantly told that we must prove traumatic experiences to convince them of the truth. But to convince them of what? How does patriarchy impose on us how we will live each day? For how they follow us at night, whistle at us on the street, harass us on the bus, at work, in the taxi, in the square where we sat to rest, at the party we went out to have fun? For how it forces us to always keep in mind not to drink too much, not to walk alone late at night, to know self-defense just in case,

It is the same patriarchy that constantly puts a "yes but" next to our stories. That creates rapists, that turns people into abusers, that educates men with the privilege of domination over our bodies. It is the same patriarchal, cannibalistic society that, while it does not believe in us or protect us, which, while its first reflection is our questioning and incrimination, sets up people's courts when a video happens to be in its hands as irrefutable evidence. That does not focus on the root of the phenomenon of rapists and abusers, who somehow manages to find "anthropomorphic monsters" to separate from them and avoid looking into the eyes of the half-faith that pervades itsshattered structures, from school to the patriarchal model of the nuclear family, from work to civil justice and its sexist decisions. Who, as punishment for the perpetrators, promises rapes and hangings, without realizing that this perpetuates the culture of rape, deportation, authoritarian rule and in no case prevents the recurrence of similar incidents.

We demand to be free, not brave. We demand the existence of feminist education in schools, in order to prevent sexism and to encourage equality and freedom of the people. We demand that when we denounce rape, sexual harassment, abuse, our case be vindicated, and that sexist hatred be recognized in our stories by society and the judiciary.

Our bodies belong to us and only to us. We want to make a world safe for all women and all LOATKI + people. We are not prepared to tolerate this here for even a minute.

No fear, no injuries. Without sexism and patriarchy.

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