Blindfolded women singing an anti-rape chant on the streets of Chile is powerfully haunting

Protests seem to be sweeping the planet, from Hong Kong to Iran to Chile, over issues from democracy to gas prices to social and economic inequality. Recently, amidst other protests, a powerful feminist movement showed up on the streets of Chile to highlight the issue of sexual violence.


Scores of women gathered to rally outside of the Ministry for Women's Rights and Gender Equality to protest police violence that has taken place during the country's ongoing protests of extreme inequality. According to an article from Common Dreams:

"The Chilean Special Forces, National Police and the military have reportedly killed at least 26 people, detained over 15,000, caused thousands of gunshot wounds, and been accused of 1,100 cases of torture and inhuman treatment; they've also been charged with over 70 cases of sexual violence and countless allegations by women of beatings, rape, and threats of rape. A Santiago psychologist reported arrested women have been stripped naked in front of men and touched in the genitals; many were penetrated by a rifle and told "they are going to be raped and then killed."

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Hearing such accounts makes the chant sung by the blindfolded women gathered at the rally all the more powerful, as they call out the police and those in power as perpetrators of violence instead of the protectors they are supposed to be.

According to one commenter, the chant is loosely translated as follows:

The patriarchy is a judge

who tries us for being born

and our punishment

is the violence you now see.

It's femicide, impunity for my murderer,

it's disappearance, it's rape.

And it wasn't my fault,

nor where I was,

nor how I was dressed (x4).

You were the rapist, you are the rapist.

It's the police, the judges,

the state, the president.

The oppressive state is a macho rapist (x2).

The rapist was you. The rapist is you.

Sleep calmly, innocent girl,

without worrying about the criminal

because your policeman lover

is watching over your sweet and smiling dreams.

You are the rapist (x4).

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According to the World Health Organization, one in three women around the globe will endure physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, with the UN classifying such violence as one of the "most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today." And it's a near-universal fact that sexual assault victims rarely see justice served, literally adding insult to injury.

Until women feel safe with and protected by those charged with their protection, we will continue to see them uniting in the streets to make their voices heard in beautiful and powerful ways.

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Over the following 75 years, the UN played an essential role in preventing, mitigating or resolving conflicts all over the world. It faced new challenges and new threats — including the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War and brutal civil wars, transnational terrorism and genocides. Today, the UN faces new tensions: shifting and more hostile geopolitics, digital weaponization, a global pandemic, and more.

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Father Alek Schrenk is known as one of the "9 Priests You Need to Follow on Twitter." He proved his social media skills Sunday night after finding a creepy note on a parked car and weaving a lurid Twitter tale that kept his followers on the edge of their pews.

Father Schrenk was making his nightly walk of the church grounds to make sure everything was fine before retiring to the rectory, when he found a car parked by itself in front of the school.

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But that has not always been the case.

In fact, it was mostly Republican-nominated Supreme Court Justices who made the case for choice in 1973.

Roe vs. Wade was decided with a 7-2 vote, and not along partisan lines. Those who ruled in favor were as follows, with the president who nominated them and the party of that president indicated in parentheses:

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