Women (and also men) who practise Falun Gong have been systematically sexually violated by the police and the 6-10 Office. They are raped in public by police agents, hung upside down in prison, stripped naked and thrown into jail cells containing convicted male criminals. This has resulted in gang rape, being penetrated with broomsticks or electric batons causing severe bleeding, or tortured with dangerous compounds in the genitals.
“Almost every woman’s genitals and breasts or every man’s genitals have been sexually assaulted during the persecution in a most vulgar fashion,” Gao wrote in a December 2005 open letter to Communist Party leaders.
A report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women cites an October 2000 case in which 18 women who practise Falun Gong were stripped naked and thrown into jail cells containing convicted male criminals (UN document number E/CN.4/2001/73/Add.1).
In Yonganli city, a plainclothes policeman stopped a woman who was posting Falun Gong flyers in mailboxes. He viciously groped around this practitioner’s lower body under the excuse of conducting a body search. She tried to run away but did not succeed. The policeman beat her for over an hour, bringing her to the verge of death. Two of her front teeth were knocked out from the beating and she lost consciousness. He dragged her under the bridge, ripped off her pants and raped her. After that, he forced his rubber baton into her vagina using his full strength and sat on her. When this practitioner regained consciousness and a little strength, she shouted as loudly as she could; he then rode away on his bicycle.
- Women of Conscience
One group letter from Chinese women who practise Falun Gong summarises what they have suffered: “Iron wire has been used to pierce our nipples. Police have sexually violated our bodies with aubergines, toothbrushes, and plastic water bottles. In one female labour camp located in Jilin province, police inserted hot pepper powder into women’s vaginas in order to force them to give up their belief and practice of Falun Dafa.”