Wake Up Haitian President Rene Preval!!! Please Keep Earthquake Survivors Safe From Rapist Attacks!!!

- By Bossip Staff

After all they’ve already been through, women and children in Haiti are in serious danger of being raped — even gang raped — because there is little to no protection in the dangerous tent camps. Details on the flipside.

Women and children as young as 2, already traumatized by the loss of homes and loved ones in the Jan. 12 catastrophe, are now falling victim to rapists in the sprawling tent cities that have become home to hundreds of thousands of people. With no lighting and no security, they are menacing places after sunset. Sexual assaults are daily occurrences in the biggest camps, aid workers say — and most attacks go unreported because of the shame, social stigma and fear of reprisals from attackers.

Rape was a big problem in Haiti even before the earthquake and frequently was used as a political weapon in times of upheaval. Both times the first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was ousted, his enemies assassinated his male supporters and raped their wives and daughters.

But the quake that killed an estimated 200,000 people has made women and girls ever more vulnerable. They have lost their homes and are forced to sleep in flimsy tents or tarp-covered lean-tos. They’ve lost male protection with the deaths of husbands, brothers and sons. And they are living in close quarters with strangers.

In one camp, some 47,000 people live crowded into what used to be a sports ground in a neighborhood that always has been dangerous. Residents include a dozen escaped prisoners, among them a man accused of a notorious murder, according to Fritznel Pierre, a human rights advocate who lives at the camp.

“But nobody says anything because they’re scared, scared of the criminals and scared of the police,” he said. Pierre complained that the U.N. patrols are ineffective. “They only drive their cars down the one road that covers only a small portion of the camp. They never get out of their cars,” he said.

“For me it seems completely bizarre that for this one camp that everyone knows is unsafe, it’s taken them three weeks to get a patrol going,” said Liesl Gerntholtz, executive director of the agency’s women’s rights division. “It’s unrealistic to expect patrols in camps all the time, but I think they can identify hotspots and provide security to those spots.”

In the hilltop suburb of Petionville, where plush mansions look out over slums on hillsides and in ravines, a 7-year-old rape victim was being treated Monday in the hospital of a tent camp set up on a golf course. Another child, a 2-year-old, had been raped in the same camp two weeks earlier.

The toddler is taking antibiotics for a gonorrhea infection of the mouth, according to Alison Thompson, who is the volunteer medical coordinator for a Haitian relief group created by Sean Penn. She helped treat both children.

“Women aren’t being protected,” Thompson said. “So when the lights go down is when the rapes increase, and it’s happening daily in all the camps in Port-au-Prince.”

Besides sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, victims face possible HIV infection. Haiti has the highest infection rate for the virus that causes AIDS in the Western hemisphere, with one in 50 people infected.

Few rapes are reported because women often face humiliating scrutiny from police officers who suggest they invited the attacks and even nurses who contend young girls were “too hot” in their dress style, according to Delva Marie Eramithe, a leader of KOFAVIV, a group of Haitian women who survived political rapes in 2004.

Eramithe said, “One policeman said they had received reports of nothing but raping, thefts and domestic beatings all day and there’s nothing they can do. The other police officer said the only person who can do anything is President (Rene) Preval.”

“We are aware of problem … but it’s not a priority,” Information Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said last month.

What kind of fu*kery is this??? Seriously!!! If you aren’t irate about this issue there is seriously something wrong. Children as young as two being raped??? Infected with sexually transmitted diseases before they are even out of diapers??? Teenage virgins gang raped by three men at a time??? What has happened to humanity? And how dare the Information Minister say this isn’t a priority! This is a damned shame.

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  • Don'tGiveAWhat

    Only a complete monster could have the mindframe and inclination to be worried about being a sexual predator in the aftermath of such a disaster….

  • Gimmeabreak78

    The problem of re-establishing security more than two months after the quake is definitely a big one, but it’s definitely exacerbated by the fact that protective shelter (with locks and keys) is so hard to come by. God bless Haiti.

  • RazeKane

    THIS CRABS IN A BARREL MENTALITY EXIST WHENEVER THERE IS DISASTER OR WAR, UNFORTUNATELY THE WORLD HAS ONLY SEEN NEWS REPORTS OF BLACK MEN DOING THIS IN AFRICA, HAITI ETC FOR VARIOUS REASONS ETHNIC CLEANSING, RELIGION, TERRITORY OR JUST PURE HORNINESS(LOL).

  • Soul Touch

    2 and 7…women and child…terrible news.

    Mind you, as noted this has been a problem before the quake, but due to the quake these women are in more danger.

    I bet you the richer areas are properly patrolled.

    …the horror of it all…

  • drenk

    i wonder how many deposits rene preval has made to his offshore accounts since the earthquake..?

    and sex.ual. predators never take a break i guess…

  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    p.e.n.i.s. envy

  • drenk

    off.sh.o.r.e.

  • Glok.. Da Messiah!

    I BET THEM CHILIANS ARE FINE ,…THAT CHIT HIT THE HARDER AND YOU DONT SEE ALL THE CHIT THEY SUPPOSEDLY DID FOR HAITI….THATZ WHERE SOME OF YOUR MONEY WENT ,YOU DONT SEE ALL THE STARS AND PREZIDENTS GATHERING TOGETHER IN THE OF LOVE NOW DO YOU AND LETS SAVE …WHY DIDNT THEY ASK YOU FOR MONEY THEN ,…YOU GOT DUPED ,..HOODWINKED AND BAMBOOZLED AND LEAD ASTRAY AGAIN,…JUST LIKE KATRINA THAT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE AND YOU FOLKS STILL GAVE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY,..ITZ F.UKED UP AND THEY PICKED THE WRONG PPL TO DO THAT CHIT TO!

  • drenk

    why not public executions, get a rapist, put him on guillotine and off with his head in front of everyone

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  • resurrected

    chocalatetunda01

    I wanted to send money but first had to trust the organization that I was giving my money too and have not found on place as of yet but I feel bad…

    @ glok

    What up man I am with you have not seen or hear of any place in Haiti that seems to be getting the relief or help that is needed only the celebrities spot light initiative…

  • Glok.. Da Messiah!

    CHOALATE TUNDA ,…MMMMMMUAH BEAUTIFUL ..YOU SEE THAT …OVER 1.BLLIONA AND COUNTING ..MISSING IN ACTION …AND THES FOOLS FEEL LIKE CHIT RIGHT NOW I BET …THANK THE LORD YOU GOT A BRAIN AND THINK ,..CUZ SOME OF OUR PPL ARE PURE JACKAZZES…THEY FOLLOW UP EVERYTHING IN THE NEWS EXCEPT THET OWN…PRAYER WAS ALL THESE PPL NEEDED NOT MONEY ..OH WELL, HOW ARE YOU THIS MORNING GORGEOUS!?

  • sexcblack

    sickening!

  • darealwifey

    Instead of the men PROTECTING their women and children, they are ATTACKING them? I don’t care how poor or uneducated these people are, these men need to be ashamed of themselves. Sometimes men act more like animals than human beings. How sad for these women and children. God bless and protect them.

  • Glok.. Da Messiah!

    CHOCALATE TUNDA I RESPECT YOUR NAME SORRY,..

    RESSURECTION!
    WHERE DID IT GO WHY ARE PPL STILL LIVING IN F.UKKING TENTS …THAT MONEY SHOULD HAVE GOTTON THERE MONTHS AGO ,…PROGRESS SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE LONG AGO …THE PPL ARE IN A FAR MORE WORSE SITUATION THAN EVER AND WE ATLEAST SHOULD HAVE SEEN SOME HELP BY NOW ..THIS IZ THE BULLCHIT I WAS SAYING THEN ,..HEY SORRY I DIDNT GIVE YOU YOUR PROPER RESPECT ,..MORNING TO YOU TO BEAUTIFUL,..IM PIZZED OFF !!

  • Sydney™

    For those who are looking for credible charities to donate to, there is a site called Charity Navigator that evaluates the financial documents of non-profits, including those providing relief to Haiti. There are also organizations that are accepting non-monetary donations (for example, in D.C., the Haitian E-m-b-a-s-s-y has been putting together boxes of toiletries and other necessities to send to the country).

    charitynavigator.org/

  • Sydney™

    *d-o-c-k-u-m-e-n-t-s*

  • RazeKane

    @bluekiddie

    I BELIEVE YOU RATARDED AS FOCK–WHO SAID THAT?? YOUR MIND MUST BE PLAYING TRICKS ON YOU.
    READ IN BETWEEN THE LINES, IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COOPED UP TOGETHER DESPERATE LOW LIFE INDIVIDUALS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION BECAUSE THEY ARE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY–YOU GET IT NOW DUMMY—GEEZ

  • RazeKane

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  • chocalatetunda01

    @ RESSURECTION
    YES I FEEL THE SAME WAY. IDK IF MY MONEY IS REALLY GONNA BE SENT OVER THERE. UNLESS I CAN DELIVER IT MYSELF( WHICH I WOULDNT GO OVER THERE TO BECOME A VICTIM) IM NOT SENDING ANYTHING. IF I DO SEND SOMETHING IT WILL BE TOILETRIES BUT THATS IT.

    @ GLOK
    MY MORNING IS GOING GOOD. STILL A LIL UPSET ABOUT LOSING A HOUR OF SLEEP BUT IM GOOD. HOWS YOUR MORNING GOING? YEAH THEY SCHAMED ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT OF THERE MONEY. I WORK TO HARD TO JUST GIVE MY MONEY AWAY. NOT ONLY THAT AMERICA HAS ITS OWN PROBLEMS TO DEAL WITH. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSE TO HELP OTHER COUNTRIES WHEN WE CANT EVEN FIX OUR OWN. PEOPLE ARE STILL SUFFERING FROM KATRIANE NOW YALL WANT US TO SEND BILLIONS TO HATI. GTFOH. I FEEL FOR THE WOMAN AND CHILDREN BUT WE NEED TO HELP OURSELVES FIRST AND SAME GOES FOR THEM. THEY BETTER LEARN TO STICK TOGETHER.

  • samech

    I’ve always been an advicate for more women carying firearms, they should protect themselves, hook or crook…. in that type of society is must be real easy to get guns (as oppose to here in the US- to many background checks) get a machete or something..damn.

  • Glok.. Da Messiah!

    CHOCALATE!

    TIME IZ FLYING FASTER THAN EVER NOW ,..LOSING SLEEP IZ THE PITTS..IM PIZZED OFF ABOUT THIS …WE DO HAVE OUR OWN PROBLEM BUT WE STILL MANAGE TO TAKE CARE OF OTHERS AND NOT OUR SELVES…IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS WE SUBJECT OUR LIVES TO BULLCHIT,…AND NOT THINK ABOUT “OUR PPL” ….THOSE HAITIANS ARE OUR PPL SIS AND WE ACT LIKEDWE WERE DOING SO MUCH BETTER AND LIVIVNG WITH THIS FALSE IMAGINARY HOPE THAT WE ARE EQUAL TO THE SAME PPL THAT OPPRESS US…BUT WAIT ..IT DID HAPPENED HERE ,..KATRINA ..AND THIS SAME COUNRTY …CALLED THEM REFUGEES…AND SHOWED THEM LOOTING AND SAYING THEY WERE RAPING AND KILLING …THE SAME ONES THAT WE TRY TO IMITATE…AND LIVE LIKE … THE THOUGHT OF THE PPL WHO CHILDREN FROM NEW ORLEANS FIGHT IN THEY WARS AND HELP PROTECT THIS COUNTRY WAS TREATED LIKE SECOND HAND CITIZENS!

  • chocalatetunda01

    @ GLOK
    I UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE SAYING MY BROTHA I REALLY DO. BUT HOW ARE WE SUPPOSE TO HELP OTHERS IF WE CANT HELP OURSELVES. YES THEY ARE OUR PEOPLE BUT WE IN THE SAME BOAT AS THEY ARE. NOBODY CARES ABOUT US. MAJORITY OF US DONT CARE ABOUT US. INSTEAD OF STICKING TOGETHER WE GO AGAINST EACH OTHER. THATS WHAT I DONT UDERSTAND. YES IT WAS TOTALLY WRONG FOR THEM TO CALL KATRINA VICTIMS REFUGEES HOW COULD THEY. SOME PEOPLE MIGHT GET MAD AT ME FOR SAYING THIS BUT THE U.S. IS TREATING HATI VICTIMS BETTER THEN THEY TREATED KATRINA VICTIMS. YOU DONT SEE THEM CALLING THEM REFUGEES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. AS SOON AS IT HAPPENED THEY WERE OVER THER. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR THEM TO GET TO THE PEOPLE WHERE KATRINA HIT? PEOPLE ARE STILL WITHOUT DOWN THERE. THATS WHAT I MEAN BY HELP OUT THE PEOPLE OVER HERE FIRST B4 WE GO GIVING OUR MONEY AWAY TO OTHERS AND STILL SEEING NO RESULTS. I BELIEVE IN HELPING THE NEXT MEN BY ALL MEANS, BUT THEY HAVE TO HELP THEMSELVES FIRST.

  • Cory Roberson

    It happens all over the third-world. The problem is rapant in several countries, but its nice that you shed light on this issue in Haiti. They need policing badly. Aid and money can’t do anything more.

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