Could Col. Gadhafi's militia be using Rape as a weapon of war?
This question comes to play when a woman burst into a Tripoli Hotel Housing international journalists claiming she had been raped and beaten by Moammar Gadhafi's militia. Whether this is a systematic attempt to weaken the opposition or an isolated incidence is yet to be seem especially in a situation where a woman would rather keep quiet than speak out in order not to be branded as .... If systematic, will others brave up and speak out?
The full story is in this CNN report entitled: "Libyan woman bursts into hotel to tell her story of rape"
Breakfast at a Tripoli hotel housing international journalists took a decidedly grim turn Saturday when a desperate Libyan woman burst into the building frantic to let the world know she had been raped and beaten by Moammar Gadhafi's militia.
Her face was heavily bruised. So were her legs. She displayed blood on her right inner thigh.
She said her name was Eman al-Obeidy. She was well-dressed and appeared to be a well-to-do middle-aged woman. She spoke in English and said she was from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and had been picked up by Gadhafi's men at a checkpoint east of Tripoli.
She sobbed and said she was held against her will for two days and raped by 15 men.
"Look at what Gadhafi's brigades did to me," she said. "My honor was violated by them."
She showed the journalists how she had been tied at her wrists and ankles. She had visible rope burns.
"We are all Libyans," the woman said. "Why don't you treat us the same?"