Gaddafi Regime Wages Sexual War
Gaddafi Sex crimes
A Libyan woman burst into the hotel housing the foreign press in Tripoli on Saturday morning in an attempt to tell journalists, particularly Reuters and the New York Times, that she had been raped and beaten by members of Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi militia. After struggling for nearly an hour to resist removal by Colonel Gaddafi security forces, she was dragged away from the hotel screaming.
Some of the male foreign journalists on the scene tried to physically protect the woman. They are now being hailed as heroes. "There was a desperate sense of our failure to prevent the thugs taking her away…. There was nothing more that we could have done as we were overtly threatened by considerable physical force.” Continue reading below »
Foreign media were subjected to intimidatory methods to suppress them from tyring to rescue woman. Guns pointed at the Sky News team for example.
While these foreign media, who had been invited by Gaddafi himself to have a (closely surveyed, restricted and hemmed into a hotel) presence in Libya at this revolutionary time, were trying their damdest to rescue the traumatized woman, local state media were hurling insults her way- to the tune of name-calling and discreting accusations as 'whore' and madwoman.
Her claim is that she had been held for two days, and that she had been raped and tortured by men connected to the regime, upon discovery of her rebel stronghold town origins.
She showed marks on her legs and on her wrists, which she suggested came from handcuffs. Her ordeal included gang rape and brutal torture. In response to her attempt to tell her traumatic tale, she was roughly handled by government hands.