Misogyny, sexual violence and mental health

There are several examples in which through the media in a conversation or in an interview we see and hear confessions of crimes in a relaxed format without apparently realizing the seriousness of what they are talking about. Recently the interviewer Jordi Rosado talked in a very cheerful way with a historic soap opera producer and artist representative, Luis de Llano Macedo.

During the interview, he mentions without the slightest respect for his victim, in a cruel and cynical act of re-victimization, how he repeatedly sexually abused a 14-year-old girl, to which the interviewer asks: “And were you in love?” while outlining a knowing smile.

Witnessing this type of confession that at no time invites moderation, respect or prudence makes evident the custom, the habit of perpetrating sexual crimes without being penalized or stigmatized in any way by a misogynistic and macho society and in a context lack of justice by the authorities forced to prosecute sexual crimes.

In this case, the victim, the singer and artist Sasha Sokol, after observing and listening to the brazenness of her abuser, published on social networks, on Twitter, a brief narrative of the process of manipulation and sexual abuse to which she was subjected and discreetly aired the serious and deep psycho-affective scars because of it.

Exercising power consciously or unconsciously is a risk in adult relationships and to the extent that the adults involved in a relationship decide, it should ideally tend towards balance. This is the way in which relationships are balanced, fair and satisfactory for those adults involved.

This has nothing to do with the case of abuse of minors, people with educational or economic disadvantage. The possibility of having power as the main tool in a relationship makes it an interaction of control, manipulation and abuse. It has nothing to do with affection or a relationship. It is a violent, abusive act and is criminalized throughout the country.

The abuser’s skill transfers shame and responsibility onto the victim. The abuser is not selective and whoever confesses an abuse is dragging a trail of unconfessed, hidden attempts or abuses.

As Marina de la Hermosa and Cristina Polo Usaola mention in their article “Sexuality, sexual violence and mental health”, psychiatry and psychology owe women a debt because of the patriarchal complacency in writing the frames of reference for expected behavior For each gender, the “naturalization of sexual violence through “natural” masculine aggressiveness and feminine passivity” has been strengthened. With this misogynistic argument, the responsibility of containing sexual violence is transferred to women and, therefore, in a absurd, it is common to ensure that victims have responsibility for being assaulted, violated and physically and sexually abused. That only speaks to why these cases happen in misogynistic societies with an implicit disregard for the physical, emotional and affective integrity of women at any age.

Victims of sexual abuse are at up to a 20-fold increased risk of substance abuse, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, antisocial behavior, and suicide.

Not preventing or severely penalizing those who sexually violate in an exemplary manner is a debt of justice systems and societies, favoring a social fabric of abuse and misogyny that tolerates and celebrates abusers and for not being outraged and acting accordingly, all of us, as society we are responsible for it.

Hector L. Frisbie

He was born in Mexico City in 1965. He graduated as a Surgeon in 1989 in Mexico City. He from the specialty of Gynecology and Obstetrics in 1996 in Mexico City. Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He graduated in Senior Management in Public Health Institutions at IPADE. Head of the Gynecology and Obstetrics Service at the Dalinde Medical Center in Mexico City. General Director of the Maternal and Child High Specialty Hospital in León, Guanajuato. He is a Doctor of Public Health candidate from Walden University in Minneapolis Minnesota. Since 2010 he practices medicine in the US. He regularly participates in health interviews on the UNIVISION and TELEMUNDO networks. He has an educational channel on YouTube on health issues associated with a newscast and is broadcast every week in the Mexican Republic.

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Misogyny, sexual violence and mental health