03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Guinea: Rape Fails To Silence Women

I have interviewed women and even child survivors of sexual violence before, mostly during civil wars in conflict zones. Naturally, my heart went out to them.

But when I met with 20 or so Guinean women to hear about their experiences on Sept. 28 the day Guinean soldiers trained their guns on pro-democracy protesters and then, allegedly, unleashed a brutal wave of rapes something was different.