A rapist has no place on TV!
For several weeks, we have been witnessing, dumbfounded, the return to television sets of Cheikh Yerim Seck, sentenced by Senegalese justice in September 2012 for rape. Sentenced to 3 years in prison, a rather lenient sentence given the gravity of the facts, he will however serve only 15 months of his entire sentence, benefiting from a pardon which strongly shocked women’s rights organizations.
Let us also recall that he was recently referred to the prosecution for a case of suspected abortion which is still pending in court.
Despite this criminal record, the man remains a good client of the media. Cheikh Yerim Seck’s opinion is sought on a plethora of subjects. And above all, he would be “the resource person” to have when it comes to political issues. Is the media environment so poor in political analysts?
We don’t think so, it is rather an orchestrated and programmed rehabilitation of a man of power, of the privilege of a male.
How can journalists and TV bosses be so accommodating to a convicted rapist?
And there, we call first and foremost Mr. Youssou Ndour, PCA of the Futurs Media Group, in view of the frequency with which Cheikh Yérim Seck is invited to his sets.
The Senegalese media environment is very problematic.
There is a swarm of men who maintain gender stereotypes all day long, discriminate against women, maintain patriarchy and the culture of rape.
Just listen to shows like Teuss, Xalass or Guis Guis.
They set themselves up as prosecutor in charge of ensuring the pseudo virtue of women, but will say nothing about the fact that a rapist is rehabilitated; out of phallic solidarity, no doubt.
Should solidarity between males take precedence over the fundamental rights of half of the Senegalese population?
As a reminder, 1 in 3 women in the world has suffered sexual and / or physical violence at least once in her life. And rapists are still very little condemned.
When are you going to feel concerned?
To the press bosses who gladly invite him and to the columnists who agree to share the set with him, we ask to reconsider your role in promoting toxic masculinity and the trauma that each of Seck’s victims and their loved ones relive upon seeing him again. on the screen.
From the viewers, we ask to boycott purely and simply these sets which have given themselves the mission of rehabilitating this sex offender.
“Paying your debt” is not enough!
Symbolically, a rapist who struts on the TV sets is an insult to all of society, and to all the other silent victims.
What other sex offender in Senegal is entitled to such media exposure? This selective rehabilitation is part of the rape culture.
This sympathy for rapists while the victims continue to hide, deal with their trauma, try to have a normal life, is unbearable. It trivializes, worse, it encourages sexual violence.
What message do we send to all women who have been raped? Beyond that, what message are you sending, dear press bosses, journalists and editorial managers, to all the little boys and girls in this society? That raping isn’t that bad?
While the victim has to hide all her life, the rapist sees himself rehabilitated as if the act of raping is commonplace.
Shame must change sides, the rape of conscience must stop!
While associations fight daily against rape myths and try to change mentalities on this subject, the media impose a rapist on us every evening.
It is also our responsibility to remind you that rape is not a banal act but an act of barbarism, that thousands of Senegalese women have suffered and that it affects their entire lives.
It is your responsibility to commit, as the media, to combating the culture of rape and sexual violence, by giving a voice to men and women of integrity. Instead of letting an absolute counter-model pervade all screens while taunting its victims.
It is our responsibility to remind you that there is no hierarchy of crimes that would justify preferential treatment according to the identity of the perpetrator, regardless of their social level and their privileges.
1. Aby Diallo, President of the Association of Senegalese Jurists
2. Awa Cheikh Seck, Technical Administrator
3. Aissatou Sène, Business manager and feminist
4. Mame Diarra Diané, Manager and feminist
5. Dr. Rama Salla Dieng, Lecturer in African Studies and Development, University of Edinburgh
6. Aminata Mbengue, Clinical psychologist, feminist
7. El Bachir Niang, President of the StopTontonsaïsaï association
8. Micheline Lawson Niasse, CEO Pulse, manager
9. Eve Frieda Ngo Bakenekhe, Journaliste
10. Adama Pouye, Mediathecaire, communicator
11. Fatima Dieng, Project Manager
12. Kine Fatim Diop, Human rights activist
13. Ndeye Fatou Kane, Researcher in gender studies EHESS Paris
14. Sokhna Racky Ba, France, Professor
15. Saly Diop, Manchester, UK Women Advocate and media specialist
16. Seydou Badiane, CEO Fabagroup
17. Adama Djitome Diatta, Journalist
18. Marina Kabou, Dafadoy collective coordinator
19. Dye Fall, Teacher
20. Fatou Warkha Samb, Women’s rights defender, videographer
21. Aisha Dabo, Journalist
22. Maimouna Astou Yade, President of Jigen, feminist
23. Mouhamadou Elias Ndoye, Dafa doy collective
24. Anta Ndiaye, Lawyer and entrepreneur
25. Papa Ismaila Dieng, Journalist and blogger
26. Adji Fatou Faye, Pr and campaign manager, Ringier One Africa media
27. Dr Marame Gueye, Associate Professor of English and African Literatures, East Carolina University
28. Jaly Badiane, Activist for the advancement of women
29. Aida Niang, City Councilor, Coordinator of the M23 Movement
30. Amy Sakho, Lawyer, women’s rights activist
31. Fatouma Diallo, Political science student