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A tragedy of the Mennonite religion. The true story behind the women talking.
A tragedy of the Mennonite religion. The true story behind the women talking.
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"Women Talking" is loosely based on a harrowing tragedy in a Bolivian Mennonite colony, where numerous women and young girls were drugged and raped. 

Women in an isolated religious colony are faced with a crisis of faith after multiple sexual assaults occur in their community.

Sarah Polley's film is based on a novel by Canadian novelistMiriam Toews. The book follows eight women who meet secretly in order to discuss the next steps after discovering that men in their colony were regularly drugging and raping them.

The novel is based on a true crime story.

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The book is based on the shocking crimes that took place in the country in 2011. The seven men were sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping more than 100 women.

The men of the group secretly drugged the women, as well as girls as young as 3, before raping them. The eighth man was sentenced to 12.5 years for supplying the sedative.

The prosecutor who investigated the case said that the community was confused when the attacks were happening because of their religious beliefs. " They had headaches in the morning and women woke with semen on them. They didn't discuss it with neighbours. Someone said that the house had the devil in it.

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The colony had around 2,000 members and nearly 150 of them took part in the trial.

The community became suspicious of a male member who was getting up late in the morning, so they began following him. He was seen jumping through a window of a home.

He named the other men who were involved in the attacks after being questioned.

Many members of the community felt uneasy about coming forward.

It was difficult to get them to testify. The women would start to cry when they said "No we don't want to." I wouldn't have any witnesses if they didn' t co-operate. The men will be acquitted and return to the colony. That would make the women and girls cry more. The culture of the Mennonites is sexist. The women are shy and don't want to interact with the outside world.

The consequences linger in the colony today, as the victims attempt to move forward, and certain members of the community push for the perpetrators to be forgiven.

"We would love to have them back," one resident said. We would like to help them if they need it. Our ministers always say we have to forgive even if someone has committed a crime, that's why they've sent people to find out if the men can be freed.

References:

1. Time reports

2. National Public Radio

3. BBC

4. Vice reported.

5. the BBC

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