Women of Falun Gong tell wrenching tales of physical and sexual abuse in captivity. They have been violated with brooms sticks or electric batons causing bleeding from the vagina. They have had their breasts pierced with barbwire, and they have been gang raped.\r\n\r\n\u201cAmong the true accounts of unbelievable brutality,\u201d writes prominent Chinese human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng following his investigation into the persecution of the Falun Gong, \u201cthe immoral acts that shocked my soul the most were the lewd yet routine practice of attacking women\u2019s genitals by 6-10 Office staff and the police.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cAlmost every woman\u2019s genitals and breasts or every man\u2019s genitals have been sexually assaulted during the persecution in a most vulgar fashion,\u201d Gao wrote in a December 2005 open letter to Communist Party leaders.\r\n\r\nOne group letter from Chinese women who practice Falun Gong summarizes what they have suffered as follows: \u201cIron wire has been used to pierce our nipples.\u201d Police \u201chave sexually violated our bodies with eggplants, toothbrushes, and plastic water bottles. In one female labor camp located in Jilin province, police inserted hot pepper powder into women\u2019s vaginas in order to force them to give up their belief and practice of Falun Dafa.\u201d\u00a0 (open letter)\r\n\r\nA report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women cites an October 2000 case in which 18 women who practice Falun Gong were stripped naked and thrown into jail cells containing convicted male criminals (U.N. document number E\/CN.4\/2001\/73\/Add.1). The report also states that \u201celectric batons are used to shock the breasts and genitals of the female practitioners.\u201d\r\nPoliceman Rapes Woman on the Street\r\nExcerpted from a Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group report.\r\n\r\nOn May 14, 2001, after 9 p.m., a Falun Gong practitioner was posting Falun Gong flyers alone along the street from Dabeiyao to the Yonganli city canal in the Chaoyang district. A plainclothes policeman who was on patrol duty stopped her. He viciously groped around this practitioner\u2019s lower body under the excuse of conducting a body search. She struggled free and ran down the street. He chased after her on his bicycle, and beat her fiercely with a rubber baton. He told her, \u201cMy superior has said not to let go of any Falun Gong practitioner. Today, I will either kill you and throw your body into the city canal, or take you to the police station.\u201d \r\n\r\nShe tried to run away but did not succeed. The policeman beat her for over an hour, bringing her to the verge of death. There were about a dozen passersby who came to watch during that time. He shouted to them, \u201cShe is a Falun Gong practitioner. She is an active counterrevolutionary. If I beat her to death, it will count as nothing.\u201d All passersby hastily left.\r\n\r\nTwo of her front teeth were knocked out from the beating. This rogue police officer inflicted many wounds on her head, and left her whole body swollen and bruised.\r\n\r\nThe plainclothes policeman gave her a heavy blow with his baton on her right ear and temple. She then lost consciousness. After she lost consciousness, he dragged her under the bridge and ripped off her pants. He 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.\r\nPrison Guard Rapes 28-year-old University Student\r\nOne of the most prominent rape cases is that of Ms. Wei Xingyan. On the evening of May 13, 2003, the graduate student from Chongqing University was arrested for possessing balloons and banners printed with messages about Falun Gong.\r\n\r\nA policeman ordered two inmates to strip her naked. Then he forced her to the floor and raped her in front of them.\r\n\r\nOnce news of her story was exposed outside of China, her university and the local authorities attempted to erase her identity, denying that she exists. Her current whereabouts are unknown (full story).\r\n\r\nMen are not spared sexual torture either. Thirty-two year old Mr. Chu Hui, for example, was tortured with beatings and cattle prod shocks from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next morning. The torturers used the cattle prods all over his body, including inserting them into his anus. Chu passed out several times during the torture (full story).\r\n\r\n \tThirty-two-year-old Ms. Zhu Xia cries, laughs, and often bangs on doors and windows madly. She soils her clothing uncontrollably, and has frequent hallucinations, tossing and turning restlessly amidst unseen enemies. At night she throws her arms around her head defensively, screaming \u201cAre you going to rape me?\u201d (article)\r\n \tAfter being beaten and electrocuted in the genitalia, woman dies after three days\u2019 detention\r\n \tWomen hung spread-eagle from ceiling, sexually assaulted with sticks in attempt to meet \u201ctransformation\u201d quota (article)\r\n \tFalun Dafa Information Center report: Women of Conscience (download)\u00a0 Though dated, this report contains photos and other easily accessible information about how women who practice Falun Gong have been specifically targeted.