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‘The Rapist Is You’: Chilean Women Protest By Performing Anti-Rape Anthem ‘A Rapist In Your Path’

Chilean women performed 'Un Violador en Tu Camino' and protested outside the National Stadium in Santiago against sexual harassment and rape culture in Chile

Women gathered outside the National Stadium on Thursday and performed the choreographed anthem ‘Un violador en tu camino’ (Image credit: straitstimes.com)

“Un Violador en Tu Camino”, is what’s spreading across the globe since the last few weeks, while gradually becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

The anti-rape anthem which translates to “A Rapist in Your Path” is being constantly performed by the women in Chile who are protesting against the rape culture and patriarchy in the country. On Thursday, December 5, 2019, the women protested, again, outside Santiago’s National Stadium—which is itself known as a torture centre, for keeping thousands of prisoners during 1973.

Many videos of women performing the choreographed song have become viral not only over the internet and social media, but are inspiring other protesters in different parts of the world as well. The practice of performing the anti-rape anthem has already become popular in various Latin American nations like Colombia and Mexico while stretching to Europe in France, Spain, and the UK.

‘Un Violador en Tu Camino’ was initially written by a feminist theatre group, called Lastesis, based in the city of Valparaíso. Although the group has given the credit to the protesting women for making the anthem known across the globe.

While speaking for the group, one of its members, Paula Cometa told:

It was never intended to be a protest song – the women of the marches transformed it into something more.

Other members of Lastesis are Sibila Sotomayor, Daffne Valdés, and Lea Cáceres.

Originally, the song ‘A Rapist in Your Path’ is based on the work of Rita Segato, an Argentinian theorist. She argues that sexual violence against women is more of a political problem instead of being a moral one.

Going by the lyrics of the anti-rape anthem, it says that systematic violations of women’s rights are carried out by the police, the judiciary and political power structures.

“The rapist is you

 It’s the cops

 The judges

 The state

 The president.”

Further, it also says about how women are blamed for being raped and harassed. And how the act of violence by men is justified.

“And it’s not my fault

nor where I was

 nor what I wore.

The rapist is you.”

Supporters of the ongoing protest in the country are saying that in many court cases, the victims are exposed in a way that the abuse they suffer from gets justified; and they are blamed for it.
In recent months, Chile has been going through a rough phase of repression and unrest. Even the military forces are facing allegations of rape, killing people by shooting, and torture.
One woman participating in the protest on Thursday said that she had cried upon hearing ‘Un Violador en Tu Camino’ for the first time.
“I’m so proud of the young women of today – and this performance represents us all,” she said.

Source: The Guardian

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