I am standing in solidarity tonight with Trinidadian blogger activist Simone Leid, author of the blog "Women Speak, Women Tell Their Stories of Discrimination." She and her readers are outraged and raising hell about a Trinidad television station's October 25th airing of the rape of a thirteen year old girl. "In a country where the cries of a child being raped can be aired at prime time... is it any wonder that we are a country whose rates of murder of women by domestic partners and rape are among the highest in the world?" said Leid on her blog today. "I cannot sit idly by and merely shake my head at this abomination. The rape of a child aired on a television show notorious for sensationalizing, and packaging criminal activity and the trauma of victims as entertainment signals that we have reached an all new level of barbarism," Leid is calling for TV6 Trinidad to take the offending show "Crime Watch" off the air and asking her readers to join her by lodging complaints with the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, providing a link by which to do so on her blog. "We demand higher standards of decency, empathy and justice for women and girls," Leid said. "We each have a voice. Let us use it."
I grieve for the child who survived a gang rape only to be violated again by a grossly irresponsible and exploitative television show. All kinds of people need to be fired at TV6 Trinidad for their negligence in the airing of this violent crime. I hope Leid keeps speaking out about the film that is outraging all who hear of it. We women especially need to be outraged about the insidious rape culture that pervades our Caribbean reality and identity, we need to speak out in protest for those victims who have lost their voices, the way Leid is speaking for this rape victim, we need to stand together with one another when human rights crimes like this one are committed against women and girls. I'll be joining Leid and filing a complaint. Maybe a petition is in order demanding a full investigation into how the show obtained film footage of the crime and demanding too that someone be held accountable for it. I would sign such a petition.