“Screams Before Silence”: A Documentary Sheds Light on Hamas Rape of Women During October 7 Attacks

Apr 28, 2023 | Hostages, Humanitarianism

On October 7, a series of brutal attacks on Israeli towns and the Nova Music Festival left a dark mark, characterized by horrific acts of sexual violence against women and girls, including rape, assault, and mutilation. These heinous acts extended to the treatment of Israeli captives in Gaza, with released hostages recounting experiences of sexual assault. Despite the gravity and severity of these atrocities, there has been a noticeable lack of attention from human rights groups and international organizations.


The Documentary: An In-Depth Investigation

In the 60-minute documentary film, “Screams Before Silence,” Sheryl Sandberg, the former COO of Meta and founder of LeanIn.org, takes on the role of presenter to delve deep into these sexual atrocities. The film features interviews with a range of participants including eyewitnesses, released hostages, first responders, as well as medical and forensic experts who were on the ground during and after the attacks.

Lack of Scrutiny and Denial

The documentary highlights a disturbing trend among some sectors of the global community, including notable figures in politics, academia, and media, who have either minimized or outright denied the occurrence of these attacks. This denial and the general scarcity of scrutiny stand in stark contrast to the indisputable evidence presented by survivors and professionals involved in the aftermath of the events.

Purpose and Impact of the Documentary

“Screams Before Silence” aims to bring these ignored and denied narratives to the forefront, providing a platform for the voices of survivors of this sexual violence. By presenting firsthand accounts and expert analyses, the documentary seeks to challenge the prevailing narratives and encourage a more informed and empathetic understanding of the atrocities committed.

Broader Implications

The release of this documentary raises important questions about the role of human rights organizations and the international community in addressing and acknowledging acts of terror and sexual violence. It calls attention to the need for a unified and unequivocal response to such acts, regardless of the geopolitical or social complexities involved.

The film serves as a critical reminder of the human cost of conflict and the importance of holding perpetrators accountable while providing justice and recognition to the victims of such unfathomable acts.

View this The Jewish Voice Report from April 28th