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Are Gender Biases in GBV Judicial Discourse creating Women Predators while leaving Men as Preys?

by Felix Omondi

With the onset of COVID-19 around the world, a lot of couples who previously had to tolerate each other for a maximum of about six to eight hours now have to stay weeks or months around each other. That is all thanks to the stay-at-home, work-at-home, and study-at-home measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sadly, there has also been an increase in the number of GBV cases being reported to the authorities.

So what is GBV?

According to the United Nations:

“Gender-Based violence (GBV) refers to harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender. It is rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power, and harmful norms.

And the UNHCR website goes further to say:

“Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious violation of human rights and a life-threatening health and protection issue. It is estimated that one in three women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime.”

One might wonder, is GBV synonymous with assaulting a woman? Does it not include cases where men are on the receiving end of the assault from women?

Perhaps it has to do with the fact that typically, a man will not report being assaulted by a woman. Even if they do, they are likely to be ridiculed by their friends, society, and even the authorities from whom they are supposed to get justice. The case itself might not be handled with the same gravity or even dealt with expeditiously compared to when it is a woman that was assaulted.

A Male Artist who Kicked a Female Fan

This article was prompted by an incident that happened to a female Ugandan singer while performing on stage. However, let us talk about Kevin Gate, before getting to the Ugandan singer.

Kevin Gate is an American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur currently signed by Bread Winner’s Association. In September 2015, Gates made headlines in the wrong ways after being charged with battery after kicking a female fan at a concert in Florida. Below, we have a video of how the incident unfolded:

The short story of Mr. Gates is that Polk County, Florida found him guilty of battery. He was sentenced to 180 days with credit for any time serves, and fines and court costs. Gates’s case was handled by a jury of six women who made their final decision after one day of testimony.

Miranda Dixon, who was the alleged victim in the case said she only tugged on Gate’s pants to try “to get his attention” for her friend.

During an interview with a section of the media, Gates said: “Life is about conduct and how we conduct ourselves, but two wrongs never make a right. But I’ll say this, I’ll use Nicki Minaj again ‘cause people tell me that women love her and people lover her: If I was to go front row while she was on stage performing and stick my finger in her p#$$Y, and she kicked me in the mouth and knocked one of my gold teeth out, I would be wrong.

I would be wrong for that, and that’s all I’ll say. To touch someone’s genitals without their consent is a sexual battery. To touch someone without their consent is a simple battery.”

A Female Artist who Double-Kicked a Male Fan

Now back to the female Ugandan artist we mentioned earlier. The artist in the matter goes by the stage name Vinka and she became a hot trending topic on Twitter after an incident that occurred during her performance on a South Sudan stage.

During Vinka’s performance, a male fan situated at the front row of the crowd attempted to grab her by the p#$$Y. Vinka reacted by kicking the man and the man withdrew until he was no longer a threat. Check the video below:

Well, this is not a judicial court, but clearly, the man did something wrong that ought to be punished. We really hope he got the justice he deserved for not respecting a woman.

Is Equality a One-Way-Street?

On the flip side, comparing the ordeal that Vinka went through to what Kevin Gate went through raises a lot of questions. Is the judicial system forgiving on women who assault men? Is it okay for a woman to disrespect a man? Below are some tweeps who shared their views on the matter:

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