FACEPALM MOMENT: TREAT RAPISTS WITH RESPECT

“GENERALLY rapists try to get a woman in some isolated place where people are not around. At times they have a weapon and threaten to use it if the victim does not cooperate. Should a Christian quietly submit? No, the situation is not the same as when a man simply is asking for money or other material possessions. A woman wisely would give him these. But the rapist is asking a person to break God’s law by committing fornication. Under such circumstances a Christian is obligated to resist.” -1 Corinthians 6:18. – Awake February 22, 1984 p24-27 (title of article – They Resisted Rapists)

“The intended victim should remember that the rapist is a human. No doubt there are circumstances in his life that have precipitated his behavior. So although a woman should not cower in fear and permit a rapist to intimidate her, at the same time she should treat him understandingly, as a fellow human.”  -Awake February 22, 1984 p24-27 (title of article – They Resisted Rapists)

It should be noted that the second paragraph above was taken from the article under the subheading “Treat Him Respectfully”.  To me……this quote is perhaps the most disturbing of all forms of mental manipulation.  Not only is a woman to be labeled as a fornicator if she gets raped and is too scared to resist or scream……but she is also supposed to treat her attacker respectfully?  She is to try to remember that there are circumstances in his life that precipitated his behavior and she should likewise treat him understandingly?  The rhetoric used is beyond chauvinistic and degrading.  There aren’t even words to describe it.  Yet 8 million JWs humbly submit to the leadership of the men that approve these types of messages.  It is mind blowing. 

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