iamtheinvisiblehand

Are We Human?

Posted on: June 4, 2012

Men!  The only animal in the world to fear.  ~D.H. Lawrence

Last week, a terrible crime was committed against a very poor woman in the city where I live.

Not only was she assaulted and raped, but impaled as well. She agonized – while remaining conscious –  for a few hours at the place where she was dumped by her assailant. When the police finally found her, she was showing signs of hypothermia.

As if this weren’t enough, when they found her they asked her if she had medical insurance. She said no. She was then taken to a hospital about 20 minutes away from where she was, instead of taking her to another – private – hospital that was just a couple of blocks away.

The poor woman never stood a chance. She died later on due to cardiac arrest, after enduring several operations and all kinds of procedures to save her.

The worst part was the way the media treated the whole thing. It was pitiful and uninformative, to say the least.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to write this post and how to approach the broad array of issues that arise from such a hair-raising event, but in the end all I can say is that I’m sad. Sad and enraged.

Truly and deeply sad.

I’m sad because I feel like something inside of me died a little. Maybe it was hope. Because I always thought human beings were essentially good, but it seems to me that this theory has been proven wrong way too many times already for it to be true.

I’m sad because this was a monstrous crime committed against a helpless woman.

I’m sad because of the way she was treated for being poor and because no one should have to suffer what she suffered only to die part of a health-care system that wasn’t willing to help her.

I’m sad because this is not how things are supposed to be.

I’m sad because the justice system of the country I live in had already tried her attacker before for sexual assault and murder and had released him only 15 months after his conviction. Several arrest warrants are still outstanding for his involvement in other crimes of a similar nature, and yet he has just been released, again, after being apprehended this weekend due to “lack of evidence” or some sort of BS story concocted especially to let the perp walk.

I’m enraged because impunity is, in my opinion, the mother of all other crimes. I mean, why even bother making laws if they are only going to be stomped on by animals such as these and their lawyers, who are just as bad?

But what really infuriates me is that this sort of thing happens all around the world and no one seems to know. Or care.

And I’m not only referring to random violent crimes like this one. I’m talking about systemic, reiterative violence. Against women. Against children. Against other human beings.

People will only become aware of these things if the media informs them about it. But if the media hasn’t heard of it or decides it’s not newsworthy, then it’ll just be ignored and that is so unfair. And since this case had to do with a poor woman in some God-forsaken third-world country, no one will ever know.

Because I’m pretty sure the global media has ignored this: I googled the news in English and only found one reliable source that has not even been updated: http://www.ntn24.com/news/news/outrage-colombia-rape-and-impa-13948

So, I’ve decided to inform the few people who read my blog about it. As long as just one person reads it, I’ll feel like I’ve done my part by making that one person aware of what has happened to that woman nobody seemed to care about.

She is just one of the many who are killed, assaulted, raped or abused every single day across the planet. We can’t feel regret or remorse for things we aren’t aware of, but we should, every now and then, think of those who are not sufficiently important to be on the news, but who nonetheless suffer the unthinkable – some of them, every day -.

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10 Responses to "Are We Human?"

What a horrible story, and you’re right, there are so many more like it that most of us remain ignorant to. At least know that by posting this, you’ve at least spread the word a little.

I’ve already started achieving my goal, thanks to you.

Thanks for commenting.

Awful story, but nice to due justice for the woman unknown. She’s someone’s daughter and still deserves to be treated with respect. Hugs to you from afar! Thanks for sharing!

My God, I did not expect to be jolted to my core by popping over to your blog for a quick read. What a disgusting, horrible, unjust chain of events for that poor woman to have suffered. And you are right, so awfully right, that crimes like this happen day in, day out with the masses giving it a passing glance or a shrug of the shoulder before moving on to read about the glamor and drama of movie stars or some other such nonsense. People should be enraged. People should care.
What is wrong with us?
Thank you for posting this. The written word has power, your words have power.

Thanks so much for your usual kind words…it was awful to write but that poor woman deserves to be remembered.

Thanks for posting this, at least someone took notice.

It is truly sad that atrocities happen every day on the large scale and the small scale. Whole families or communities destroyed by war, children starving and suffering in poor countries and in rich (- which is somehow even worse, since the means to resolve their hunger is readily available) or one lone woman tortured and dumped as you have described. One thing that we can be proud of here in the UK is the NHS, and it is stories like yours that make me understand that better!

thanks for commenting…I really wanted to make this case known even if it was only to a handful of people. Atrocities like this force everyone to open their eyes.

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