After the Sun published Atangana's comments, former president of the Muslim Canadian Congress
, Dr. Farzana Hassan
wrote a reply.
argued that the blame for rape should be placed on the perpetrator, and not on the victim.
also noted, "While rape is more often reported here, it occurs with equal if not greater frequency and ferocity in the Middle East and South Asia."
In other words, dressing conservatively is unlikely to dissuade sexual assaults-in Middle Eastern countries where women dress more modestly, there are still rapes with little consequence for the perpetrator.
The rules of rape are different there, but it's clear that a rape is a rape, regardless of a woman's dress.
The trouble with Dr. Hassan's
argument is when she
claims that Atangana's point of view is more widespread in Islamist communities.
"Many Islamist men do not understand the imperative of consent in a sexual relationship," she
But Dr. Hassan's
suggestion that all Islamist men are the same in their views on women does nothing to fix, or even address the problem.