In the video clip below, two women discuss a Saudi study that found nearly one quarter of Saudi children have been raped and almost half of the students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, are homosexuals. The clip was translated from a December 2008 Youtube clip that was taken from the program “Misawa,” which aired on the Arabic-language satellite station “al-Hurra.”
The full transcript of the women’s discussion follows:
Guest: More than 23% of children in Saudi society have been raped.
Host: So about a quarter of Saudi children have been …
Guest: About a quarter of Saudi children have been raped. Sixty-two percent of those people …
Host: Those children.
Guest: No, I’m sorry, the study was directed at university students. Twenty-three percent had been raped during their childhood. For 62% of those, the rape was never reported. This was because it was one of the victim’s relatives. In the study, it was mentioned that more than 16% of the rapists were relatives, specifically 5% were siblings, 2% were teachers, and 1% were parents. In another study, which was conducted by Dr. In’am (al-Rabu’i), who is the president of children’s studies at the Armed Forces Hospital in Jeddah, she mentioned, or warned, that in the coming years we will suffer as a society from extremely widespread cases of homosexuality. The reason for this is the increase in the cases of sexual assault of children (brought) to the hospital, as well as the societal violence inflicted on children. She also mentioned that the hospital had on average three sexual assault cases per week.
Host: How large of an area did the study cover?
Guest: I don’t know, this is just what she mentioned on behalf of the Saudi nation. It was published on behalf of the nation, and can be considered very reliable. In addition to that, there is a study from the Office of Societal Supervision, which is also very serious. This study reported that 46% of students in the city of Riyadh suffer from homosexuality. Twenty-five percent of students in Jeddah suffer from homosexuality. We must be aware of this in order to combat these numbers quickly. The society has become fragmented. When we have a percentage of students—children or teenagers—who are gay, this is a catastrophe, a true catastrophe. I mean, we don’t have a strong society. We should really look at this more seriously.
Host: This is a new thing in Saudi Arabia for newspapers to write articles on this subject. The studies which you mentioned, are they saying this is something new?
Guest: No, it’s not new.