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7 december 2010

Støtte til Lars Hedegaard: Sex misbrug i muslimske familier bliver ikke rapporteret

Four Dutch-Moroccan women, Rabea, Zohra, Ibtisam and Saïda, were all sexually abused by members of their families: their fathers, uncles, brothers or cousins.

After years of silence, they have decided to speak out because they know that many other Muslim women suffer the same fate. A care worker: “Taboos, secrecy, silence, shame and a closed community are almost a recipe for sexual abuse.”

The idea of ‘family honour’ meant that Rabea, Zohra, Ibtisam and Saïda kept their mouths shut. Now they are telling their stories to try and break the taboo surrounding sexual abuse in Muslim families. They no longer see themselves as victims. Their mission is to help other women who are in trouble now.


Rabea was abused as a little girl by her father.


Zohra kept her story to herself for years. She now tells of how she was raped by her cousin in Morocco when she was five.


Ibtisam was abused by her brother almost daily between the age of six and 12. “If I told on him, he would blame me.


Saïda was the victim of several abusers. She still suffers from the consequences every day. “I was abused from the age of four to 20 by different people. She realised there are more girls like her who do not tell their stories.

Zohra, Rabea, Ibtisam and Saïda are not alone. There are more indications of sexual abuse in Islamic families. A crisis centre in Friesland takes in victims of honour-related violence. Half of them turned out to be sexually abused by a relative. Most of them have a Moroccan or Turkish background, some of them are Iraqi, Afghan or Kurd.


Young Muslim women who are abused do not figure in reports. Neither do their abusers. Zohra Acherrat, psychiatrist with the ‘Fier Fryslân’ emergency shelter in Friesland in the north of the Netherlands:

“Muslim men are underrepresented in vice cases. That’s why we tend to overlook things. In most cases, Muslim girls don’t file a complaint. That’s why the abuse goes unnoticed.”

2 kommentarer »

  1. Der er beviset igen-igen-igen!!! Langballes bøde burde slettes eller betales af de, det hele omhandler…..! 🙂 Wuff!


    Kommentar af Hende — 7 december 2010 @ 16:08

  2. […] Hodjaernes Blog 7 december 2010 – Støtte til Lars Hedegaard: Sex misbrug i muslimske familier bliver ikke rapporteret […]


    Pingback af USA, Brooklyn: Rabbiner Gershon Kranczer og sønner sigtet for sexmisbrug og incest » Balder Blog — 7 december 2010 @ 18:47

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