301: Guilty of Being Female: In Memory of Maria Trinidad Matus | Rima Danielle Jomaa | Mental Clarity

301: Guilty of Being Female: In Memory of Maria Trinidad Matus

Featuring Rima Danielle Jomaa

Following a tragic rape & murder of a beautiful, young woman, Maria Trinidad Matus, in the small beach town where Rima lives, the epidemic of femicide and violence against women (VAW) is explored. Violence against women comprises a wide range of acts – from verbal harassment, which basically all women endure regularly, to other forms of emotional abuse, to daily physical or sexual abuse. On the other end of the spectrum is femicide: the murder of a woman. What are the mental health effects of violence against women & femicide on an individual & on a community level? What is the impact in general on the community? What are the theories that explore causes of femicide and ways to prevent or decrease femicide? Why does the media misreport rape and crimes against women & what role does patriarchy have to play in all of this? Rima discusses worldwide statistics of femicide, her own theories of the systemic, societal collapse that’s imminent & why we are seeing such horrific displays of violence & hatred, and how we can come together as humans to address & eradicate women as perpetual victims of abuse, rape & murder. In memory of Maria Trinidad Matus #niunamenos

On this episode, Rima talks about...

Minutes 1 - 13

  • The murder of a woman named Maria Trinidad Matus in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica on August 5th, 2018
  • Maria was raped and drowned in the ocean in a horrific crime
  • The definition of femicide
  • Why it’s important to typify femicide
  • The silent war that’s raging against women
  • The spread of patriarchy, totalitarian agriculture and our current systems.
  • Referencing Daniel Quinn

Minutes 13 - 20

  • Different types of femicide
  • Statistics of femicide and violence against women worldwide
  • Being conditioned as a woman to be afraid of men and to live in fear
  • The difference of victim blaming versus being aware
  • How Maria became a part of the community

Minutes 20 - 30

  • The misreporting of femicide and rape in the media (of Maria)
  • The health consequences of violence against women
  • The mental health ramifications of a world of women living in fear and being victimized, including depression, PTSD, self-harm & suicide
  • How, as women, we must be aware and on guard consistently, and what this does to our mental health
  • More about victim blaming and how we can look at systemic and cultural issues, understanding why these crimes happen instead
  • Women fear that any man can become an attacker at any given time

Minutes 30 - 40

  • Community fallout of violence against women
  • The theories of the causes of femicide from the perspective of Latin American feminists and from the perspective of socio-ecological models

Minutes 40 - 55

  • What Daniel Quinn would argue about the violence of our society
  • A societal look at femicide and how we can come together as tribal communities to end violence
  • The realities of femicide
  • Maria’s death was not in vain
  • A tribute to women
  • A look at the rise of the divine feminine
  • The capacity for dark and light, evil and good
  • How we can help one another

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Rima Danielle Jomaa

Fuego Lodge Rd, Santa Teresa

Rima Danielle Jomaa is from Los Angeles, and now lives and works in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where she manages a hotel, restaurant, and yoga program full-time. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT# 82229) and has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is a certified yoga instructor, and received her certification from Alexandria Crow and Heather Seiniger from YogaWorks in Pacific Palisades, California. While in private practice, Rima practices Reiki energy healing, utilizes hypnotherapy, and guides others through mindfulness and meditation. Rima gives clients the tools and skills to reclaim their health, happiness, and freedom.

Rima lives her life as an example for her clients and students. She is interviewed regularly in the mediaon a variety of topics. Please contact Rima regarding modeling or writing for your brand, or to collaborate on retreats, workshops, marketing, and other opportunities.