Rotem Cohen and Lian Ram have created a powerful short documentary film about the repression of sexual violence in Israeli society. Yulie Cohen wrote this powerful note addressed to Judge Benny Sagi, who granted a gag order protecting the identity of accused rapist, Yoav Even, from being disclosed in the Israeli media:
I turn to you in this personal way because it seems that lately you’ve taken up a case which features a charge of rape. Due to the gag order, very little is known to me. But I have a growing fear that the file might be closed by you without the public having any idea why. I would like to trust that you do fulfill your responsibilities faithfully toward men and women alike. But I’d like to remind you that most of the women who suffer sexual violence do not report it because they know that the likelihood that justice will see the light of day is low.
Please, your honor, in your decisions, call upon the women of Israel to continue to file such complaints and not to fear that a man does not see their pain.
Thanking you in advance,
Yulie (a woman and mother of two young girls)
My friend, Dena Shunra has translated the Hebrew captions for the documentary. If Yulie or someone can add these captions to the video itself it would make a very powerful statement for English-speaking viewers:
1979: CEDAW – Israel ratifies the Convention for the Eradication of Discrimination Against Women, in any form
1999-2005 Approximately 54,630 calls were made to the help hotlines relating to sex crimes
Only 33,871 sex crime cases were opened by the police during those years
Only about 22% of those who contact the help hotlines go on to file a complaint with the police.
Which indicates a number of attacks which is double that reflected in police data
1996-2005: 46,790 sex crimes cases were opened by the police.
Of these, only 6,986 ended up with a conviction.
This means that only about 15% of the cases opened end up with convictions
The Israeli justice system convicts about 98% of cases prosecuted
Thus, nearly 85% of sex crime cases do not come to trial
Of every ten women hurt – two get to bring their case before a judge
[Chart] Rape cases in Israel, 1999-2005
Convictions, police complaints, contacts with help hotlines
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With those who cannot shout out the reckless strategy taken by the State with their own cases
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