Kung Fu Grannies: Women Who Fight

When I read the headline “Kung fu grannies ready to fight rapists” I immediately clicked on the link. I was angry. I love the martial arts and I think self defense is necessary for all women and girls, but I wondered who would harm someone’s grandmother?

The article goes on to state that “1 in 5 rape victims in Kenya is over the age of 60” and the men rape the grandmothers in the belief that they will be cured of AIDS or that they will be “cleansed” of prior crimes. I’m not sure I believe any of the reasons. What’s going to cleanse them of the crime of rape? The police are not helping the grandmothers either, because rape is viewed as a crime of “pleasure”. That is an insult. But, the grandmothers are incredible; some have been taking classes for two years! And because of the death of their own children due to AIDS, many of the grandmothers are raising their grandchildren. They help define womanhood for me. These women should be honored, not only for the responsibilities they are shouldering in raising grandchildren, but the responsibility they have shown in protecting themselves.

Read the full MSNBC story by Tom Odula: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37134218/ns/health-womens_health/

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