ISIS justifies rape of young girls with verses from the Quran

A 12-year-old girl from the Yazidi minority who says she was raped by an Islamic State fighter. Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

A new report in The New York Times recounts the shocking and excruciating experiences of a 12-year-old girl “so small an adult could circle her waist with two hands” who was held captive for 11 months and raped by an ISIS militant. The militant, she said, explained that the Quran encouraged him to rape. “According to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God.” Those are the perverse beliefs espoused by the extremist terror group, stories of which seem to make headlines with increasing regularity. Worse still, ISIS has put rape and sexual slavery at the very core of its operations, going so far as to codify the trade of women and to use contracts to carry out such transactions. Most of the women and girls are Yazidis. ISIS abducted more than 5,000 Yazidi women and girls last year, and still have more than 3,100 in captivity. One of them who broke free is a 15-year-old girl named F (she would only be identified by her first initial) who was captured last year on Mount Sinjar and subsequently sold to a militant in his 20s. “Every time that he came to rape me,” she told the Times, “he would pray.” She then elaborated on the horrors she experienced before finally escaping after nine months.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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