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July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

"Incest involving children remained a problem, although prosecutions remained minimal. The law provides prison sentences of up to five years for incest" (page 53).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The law provides for six to 20 years’ imprisonment and caning for individuals convicted of incest" (p. 25).
May 14, 2019, 10:40 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-3, LRCM-LAW-3

"In France, criminal cases of sexual assaults [on children] are based on the same laws as for adult cases of sexual assault, which means that the victim has to prove they did not give consent or were forced - by violent, surprise or constraint - to engage in sexual activity."
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"Child abuse remained a serious problem. The press regularly reported cases of sexual abuse of children, including arrests for rape, incest, sodomy, and defilement" (para 96).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"On June 27, parliament unanimously passed a comprehensive law addressing all forms of gender-based violence, including physical, economic, and social violence. It broadly defines violence against women as 'any restriction denying women equality in the civil, political, economic, social, or cultural domains.' The law, which enjoyed widespread support from both political parties and civil society organizations, adds or updates articles in the Penal Code to meet international best practices. The law criminalizes previously uncovered acts of incest, sexual harassment of women in public places, and gender discrimination" (page 22).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"IThe new law also increased prison sentences for incest to between two and five years; sentences formerly were from six months to two years" (page 61).
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a felony punishable by 16 years in prison, or up to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape under aggravated circumstances or if the perpetrator rapes or commits a sexual offense against a relative" (para 137)
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal

"The minimum age of consensual sex is 18. Due to social pressures and fear of embarrassment, incest remained taboo and often went unreported and unpunished" (page 18).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3, LRCM-DATA-2

"Article 27 of the Bill of Adopted and Neglected Minors legalises marriage between parents and adopted children. In Iran, every 15 minutes a girl between 10 and 14 years of age faces marriage" (para 5).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"Subtitle states: 'After years of attempting to seek justice her father is finally in custody pending trial'" (1:34). From this statement, it appears there are laws against incest, or at least rape, but the authorities are slow to enforce them (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Subtitle states: 'Khatera is the first women in Afghanistan to bring a case of incest to trial'" (2:09).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3, LRCM-DATA-2

"Incest is a crime and reportedly increased in frequency" (17).
Aug. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3, TRAFF-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-1

"Last year [which would be 2017--VMH], Malaysia passed a law against sexual grooming, in which an adult creates an emotional bond with a child for the purpose of sexual exploitation."
June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government generally enforced the law effectively" (15).
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"No legislation has been adopted specifically criminalizing violence against women, including…incest" (7).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The Committee welcomes the adoption, since the consideration in 1994 of the State party’s second periodic report (CEDAW/C/SEN/2), of the following legislative measures: . . . (d) Law No. 99-05 of 29 January 1999 amending the Penal Code to criminalize the crimes of rape, female genital mutilation, assault and battery, and incest" (page 2).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"penal codes in force punish both parties involved in the crime of incest with imprisonment for 2 to 3 years, and treat it as a misdemeanour in all cases, with no consideration to whether one party had de jure or de facto control over the other. By contrast, the proposed draft code distinguishes between two varieties of that crime. The first is incest where one of the parties has sharia, legal or de facto control over the victim, in which case the former is punished by imprisonment for at least 7 years (with the act treated as a felony) and the latter by imprisonment for at least 3 years (with...more
Dec. 6, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The UN body said it was concerned about child sexual exploitation and abuse committed under the Iranian law which allows for a marriage between the 'father and adopted child, paving a path for sexual abuse of children'" (para 6) (Coder comment: even though it's not a blood relation, it's still a father raping his daughter - ARR).
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The Committee is further concerned at: The lack of provisions in the Penal Code specifically criminalizing incest" (6)
March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"Rape is punishable by five to 10 years in prison. The penalty increases to 20 years’ imprisonment if the rape is committed against a pregnant woman, a gun is used, an accomplice is involved, or the rape involves incest" (20).
March 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The law prohibits defilement (sex with a child younger than 16 years with or without consent), incest, and sexual abuse of minors" (16).
Feb. 15, 2017, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The law criminalizes violence against women, and the state may prosecute rape, incest, sexual aggression, and other forms of domestic violence" (27).
Aug. 23, 2016, 8:48 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann...(Definitions) defines 'child abuse or neglect' as 'acts or omissions of any person who, or legal entity which, is in any manner or degree related to the child, is residing with the child, or is otherwise responsible for the child’s care, that have resulted in the physical or psychological health or welfare of the child, who is under the age of eighteen, to be harmed, or to be subject to any reasonably foreseeable, substantial risk of being harmed. The acts or omissions are indicated for the purposes of reports by circumstances that include but are not limited to . . . When the child has been the...more
March 11, 2016, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"Penal Code (Cap. 22) provides protection for women generally, by criminalising acts that cause hurt and grievous hurt to any person, rape, incest, insult the modesty of women and voluntarily cause a woman with a child to miscarry" (12)
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

""Yes, incest is illegal in Ukraine. The penalty is the same as sexual molestation of a minor or rape of a minor. This is statute 117 of the criminal code. The penalty can add up to fifteen years in jail." Anna Saienko" (5)
Feb. 18, 2016, 4:31 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"Act No. 99-05 of 29 January 1999 amending the Criminal Code criminalizes, respectively, assault and battery, sexual harassment, marital violence, female genital mutilation, rape, indecent assault, incest, procuring, which is the worst form of sexual exploitation of women, incitement of a minor to debauchery, and family abandonment, which now covers both spouses, whereas it was previously applied exclusively to women (articles 294, 297 bis, 299 bis, 319 bis, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324 and 350)" (13-14). "Article 195, which addresses incestuous filiation, states that a child conceived by incest cannot be recognized by the father, unless the ban on the parents’ marriage is lifted" (79)
Dec. 31, 2015, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Somalia

"One of them is 8 years old who was raped by her uncle who was supporting her in the absence of her parents. The perpetrator is now detained in the central prison; however, the family of the survivor is facing threats from other family members who are close to the perpetrator" (para 4)
Nov. 26, 2015, 12:32 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"Section 164 of the Penal Code provides an offence of incest which means that women and girls fifteen years of age and over can be charged with an offence relating to the incest that they are a victim of" (11). "The sexual offences in the Penal Code are discriminatory by definition and also by penalties provided. Although defilement of a girl under thirteen is treated seriously and the maximum sentence provided is life imprisonment, it is treated significantly different to defilement of a girl between the ages of thirteen and fifteen. This implies that a sexual offence committed against a girl is not as serious if the girl is older....more
Aug. 12, 2015, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-3, DV-LAW-1

"To accelerate the adoption of the draft law on domestic violence and to ensure that it contains provisions pertaining to sexual violence within the family, law No. 1058-IIIQ of the Republic of Azerbaijan 'On Combating Domestic Violence' was adopted on 22 June 2010. In order to facilitate the implementation of the new law, consequential amendments were also made to several laws" (3). "In line with the recommendations of the CEDAW Committee, Law No. 1058-IIIQ of the Republic of Azerbaijan 'On Combating Domestic Violence' was adopted on 22 June 2010. In order to ensure implementation of the Law, amendments were made to seven legislative acts and five new normative and legal...more
Aug. 12, 2015, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The dissolved Revolutionary Command Council issued Decree No. 234 on 20 October 2001, stipulating that any person who commits the crime of sodomy with a male or female, commits incest, is proven to be a pimp or runs a house of prostitution shall be punished by execution. In 2001, dozens of women were beheaded by the sword by groups of 'Fedayeen Saddam' loyal to the former regime because of involvement in prostitution, pimping or the white slave trade. They were not brought to trial because the former regime believed that that was the way to fight prostitution" (24)
Aug. 4, 2015, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The following are offences punishable under the [Violence Against Persons Prohibition] Act: Rape, Inflicting Physical Injury on a Person...criminalizing incestuous conducts, protection order for victims and persons under threat of violence, and compensation for victims of violence. It provided for a register for convicted sexual offenders, which shall be maintained and accessible to the public" (1)