“Another problem that we have in the world that relates to women particularly is slavery, or human trafficking it’s called nowadays. There were about 12.5 million people sold from Africa into slavery in the 19th century and the 18th century. There are 30 million people now living in slavery …
In the United States right this moment, 60,000 people are living in human bondage, or slavery. Atlanta, Georgia, they have between 200 and 300 women, people sold into slavery every month. It’s the number one place in the nation because of that. The sex trade in Atlanta, Georgia, exceeds the total drug trade in Atlanta, Georgia.
For every male arrested for illegal sex trade, 25 women are arrested in the United States of America.
The last report I got, there were 26,000 sexual assaults that took place in the military. Only 3,000, were actually prosecuted, and the reason is that the commanding officer of any organization has the right under law to decide whether to prosecute a rapist or not, and of course, the last thing they want is for anybody to know that under their command, sexual assaults are taking place, so they do not do it. That law needs to be changed.
About one out of four girls who enter American universities will be sexually assaulted before she graduates … 89 universities in America are now condemned by the Department of Education under Title IX because the officials of the universities are not taking care of the women to protect them from sexual assault. Outside of the university system, if they rape somebody, they’ll be prosecuted, but when they get on a university campus, they can rape with impunity. Those are the kinds of things that go on in our society.
If you take the Fortune 500 companies, 23 of them have women CEOs, out of 500, and those CEOs make less on an average than the other CEOs.
But anyway, those kinds of things, the resort to violence and the misinterpretation of the holy scriptures are what causes, are the basic causes, of abuse of women and girls.
There’s one more basic cause that I need not mention, and that is that in general, men don’t give a damn. That’s true. The average man that might say, “I’m against the abuse of women and girls”quietly accepts the privileged position that we occupy, and this is very similar to what I knew when I was a child.
Racial discrimination, legally, had existed for 100 years up to the 1960s. During that time, there were many white people that didn’t think that racial discrimination was okay, but they stayed quiet, because they enjoyed the privileges of better jobs, unique access to jury duty, better schools, and everything else, and that’s the same thing that exists today, because the average man really doesn’t care. Even though they say, “I’m against discrimination against girls and women,” they enjoy a privileged position. And it’s very difficult to get the majority of men who control the university system, the majority of men that control the military system, the majority of men that control the governments of the world, and the majority of men that control the great religions.
So what is the basic thing that we need to do today? I would say the best thing that we could do today is for the women in the powerful nations like this one who have influence and who have freedom to speak and to act, need to take the responsibility on yourselves to be more forceful in demanding an end to racial discrimination against girls and women all over the world.
I hope that out of this conference, every woman here will get your husbands to realize that these abuses on the college campuses and the military and in the future job market, need to protect your daughters and your granddaughters.”