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Title NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 14, No. 3, March 1985
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Date March 1985
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Transcript In looking into his face as he approached me, all I saw was a terrible coldness, almost a blankness, an expressionless void. What did he want to do to me? Rape" me? Torture me? Murder me? Why? Serial rapes, murders, sexual mutilation—Why? The vast majority of the victims, who are unknown to their attackers, are female. Some are babies, others are grandmothers—most are ages in between. The only thing that they have in common is their sex. For that they are killed, abused, tormented, mutilated and tortured. Why? Because they are female. According to experts in the field, the violent acts are a symbolic means of "getting even" with mothers, lovers or wives. The victims have little or no individual identity to their attackers. A recent upsurge of interest in serial murderers has yielded some interesting if not surprising findings. The FBI profiles them as men who are driven by prurient sexual interests and who are obsessed with pornography. They are typically from violent family backgrounds and were abused as children. Recent research by experts in the field of behavior confirms that most serial murderers were abused and neglected children—unwanted at birth. Most of them had violent fathers, some criminally violent. From early infancy they witnessed their fathers beating and raping their mothers. A consistent finding among researchers is the serial murderer's obsession with pornography. If one wonders why it has taken the behavioral scientists so long to verify what those of us in the women's movement have known for some time, we have to remember that until recently violence against women has not been considered worthy of research. Academia also has its biases. There is still one omission in the findings of the researchers. That is that females are by and large the targets for random abuse. Children, homosexuals, and racial minorities have also been victimized, but typically it is females who are the victims of serial violent crimes. It is frustratingly obvious that women and girls are the scapegoats for society's ills. Anything, even the attacker's behavior, it seems can be traced back to failures on the parts of a mother, a wife or female lovers. The real reason however, for venting wrath upon any vulnerable female can be linked to the endemic misogyny in our culture. Misogyny is the basis for a kind of political terrorism aimed at women. That it will turn into individual violence is the constant threat under which every woman must live. The question of "why" desperately needs to be addressed. The victim's "why me?" can be translated into "why women?" The leaders of society should be asking that questions and should be concerned about the answer. Only when the question is addressed, when our society admits that women, as a group, are being systematically exploited and abused, will be be able to develop preventive measures. Even then it is not going to be easy because it will be cutting into personal pleasure and profit. It will mean coming to terms with issues such as pornography and prostitution. It will mean crossing swords with groups such as the Moral Majority and the American Civil Liberties Union, both of whom defend woman- hating practices. Whenever the abuse of women is defended, whether in the name of morality, the family or individual liberty, women are set up to be potential targets of violence. When we fail to enforce our laws against domestic violence, blame the victim of rape, .joke about sexual harassment, or sup- -16- Cont'c1 page 6