nihbeshet , because she was
very strictly kept from becoming the victim of any act of violence, and
most particularly sexualviolence.
Rabbi Meshulam ben David cites the opinion of his
important teacher, Rabbenu Simha, who set down the following principle:
if women who were captured ‘accept as true’ that it is
possible to free them by putting pressure on their captors or by bribing
, whereas in France it was the subject of well-publicized trials
in 1979, in 1984 and (two) in 1991. In the 1991 cases, both the exciseuse and
the parents were given prison sentences (Winter, 1994). In all the French cases,
much of the public debate followed culturalist lines, with so-called experts often
making the case for “customs” and “family choice” and feminists describing it
as straightforward sexualviolence and bodily harm. Often, the voices of parents
were never heard.
Similarly, while awareness of the practice of forced marriages has seemingly