The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of
women in the world.

Latest items for LRCM-PRACTICE-2

Jan. 4, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Countries: Georgia

“Authorities referred children who had suffered abuse to the relevant community and government services in coordination with stakeholders, including police, schools, and social service agencies. UNICEF reported that response by school professionals, police, and social workers to reported cases of violence against children was often inadequate due to cultural inclinations to avoid interfering in family affairs” (39).
Jan. 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Countries: Brazil

“Abuse and neglect of children and adolescents were problems. Children and adolescents were victims of rape and molestation, and girls were impregnated by family members. The SDH oversaw a program that established nationwide strategies for combating child sexual abuse and best practices for treating victims” (15).
June 26, 2016, 1:06 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

Marital rape is not explicitly criminalized but a wife, or partner, is able to file a complaint (109).
April 4, 2016, 7:21 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"There are eleven rape crisis centers throughout the country working to provide emotional support, practical advice, and other support for victims including the maintenance of hotlines, and the provision of educational services" (39).
March 3, 2016, 11:33 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned that, under the Penal Code, the crime of sexual violence is prosecuted only upon complaint by the victim and is still considered to be a crime against morality. The Committee further remains concerned that the penalty for rape remains low and that incest and marital rape are not defined explicitly as crimes under the Penal Code. The Committee urges the State party to eliminate in its Penal Code the requirement of the victim’s complaint in order to prosecute crimes of sexual violence and to define sexual crimes as crimes involving violations of women’s rights to bodily security and integrity, to increase the penalty for rape and ...more
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

""Yes, these laws are enforced. However, this is such a common problem in Ukraine, especially in the rural villages, and most victims would never mention what happened. It is a very shameful experience to come forward when one has been sexually abused, especially in incest situations. It is highly discouraged and prevented by families, especially in the villages." Lada Usova" (4)
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)
Dec. 23, 2015, 3:41 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay

"The girl child’s 23-week pregnancy, established about three weeks ago, is the result of repeated sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by a close relative" (para 2). "It is crucial that the alleged rapist, who has just been arrested, be duly prosecuted" (para 10)
Aug. 17, 2015, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo

"The Committee is deeply concerned about: 1) The prevalence, including in areas not affected by conflict, of rape and other forms of sexual violence, incest, sexual harassment and domestic violence, of acts of torture and other ill-treatment of women and girls accused of being witches and of acts of sexual violence against women detainees, including by members of the Congolese National Police; 2) The ineffective implementation of the 2006 law on sexual violence, the 2009 National Strategy against gender-based violence and the zero-tolerance policy on sexual violence; 3) The lack of legal provisions prohibiting domestic violence, including marital rape, and the absence of shelters, counselling and rehabilitation services for victims ...more
Aug. 12, 2015, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of Interior created the Community Police Department in 2008 and operations began in 2009. This is a civil police service that acts as an intermediary between the security sector (police stations) and community institutions and leaders … To deal with issues that may not make it to a police station (unrecorded crime). This includes crimes occurring within the family, such as molestation, particularly of children, and incest" (12)
Aug. 10, 2015, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"‘In 2013, we forwarded 23 defilement cases to court. Up to now, only two have been concluded. Some perpetrators are still at large while some witnesses have since left Meru,’ she laments. ‘Sometimes the cases are withdrawn in favour of out-of-court settlement since they are family matters. The child’s mother is forced or threatened to sign the letter seeking the withdrawal,’ she [an officer at the Meru Town Police Station] says" (p 14). "‘Jailing perpetrators might not be the solution, because when they come out, they are still a threat to society,’ she [Mrs Leah Wambugu, the administrator of Ripple International Rescue] notes. ‘We cannot even promise these girls that ...more
July 31, 2015, 9:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of Interior created the Community Police Department in 2008 and operations began in 2009. This is a civil police service that acts as an intermediary between the security sector (police stations) and community institutions and leaders … To deal with issues that may not make it to a police station (unrecorded crime). This includes crimes occurring within the family, such as molestation, particularly of children, and incest" (12)
June 25, 2015, 3:49 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"There’s something in terms of punishment for incest, but I am not familiar with family laws; there must be something! Even when these things happen you don’t talk about it. It is a tabu".
April 28, 2015, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"There is no law on marital rape. A man cannot rape his wife under Sierra Leone laws, it does not exist" (para 18)
Nov. 18, 2014, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"Marital rape in Congo is still not a prosecutable crime" (para. 26)
Nov. 4, 2013, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"In addition to lingering psychological trauma, there’s evidence of widespread and ongoing sexual abuse, including rampant molestation and incest" (13).
Sept. 12, 2013, 9:54 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"The High Court ruled on Wednesday that the girl, whose stepfather is on trial for raping her, had been wrongly convicted by a juvenile court of having premarital sex with another man" (para. 1)
April 25, 2013, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"In 2009, Equality Now, along with our local partner War Against Rape, Lahore (WAR), got involved in a case where a 15-year-old girl (Mariam) was raped by her father. When Mariam’s mother and uncles went to report the case, the police were skeptical that a father could rape his daughter and tried to dissuade Mariam from making a complaint, telling her that it would ruin her father. The father bribed the prosecutor and police to push for a dismissal of the case. The magistrate also granted bail to the father without informing Mariam. Working in conjunction with WAR, Equality Now found a pro bono lawyer to take on Mariam’s case. ...more
March 15, 2013, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay

The physical integrity of Uruguayan women is not adequately protected, and violence against women remains a problem. In 1995, amendments to the Criminal Code classified domestic violence as a specific crime. More recently (in 2002), the government passed a law on domestic violence, which focuses primarily on the rapid detection and eradication of this type of violence. Uruguay has established courts that specialise in domestic violence, which take precautionary measures before passing cases on to the family courts. The law also requires cases to be referred to the criminal courts, but this happens only in a small percentage of cases. Rape, including spousal rape, is a crime in Uruguay. In ...more
Feb. 27, 2013, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

“In 2010 parliament passed a law making incest a crime. Previously, authorities prosecuted incest under laws that prohibit rape and sexual assault. On September 16, the Constitutional Council ruled that the law making incest a crime was illegal because the definition of those who might be prosecuted was imprecise” (20)
Jan. 29, 2013, 4:29 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"Incest was widely believed to be underreported" (16)
Jan. 23, 2013, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

“Abuse and negligence of children and adolescents were problems and included rape, molestation, and impregnation of girls by family members. The SDH oversees the National Program to Confront Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents, which established nationwide strategies for combating child sexual abuse and best practices for treating victims” (18-19)
Jan. 17, 2013, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

“conviction for rape of a child younger than 15 years potentially carries the death penalty. However, local organizations working with abused children pointed to gaps in the legal system that regularly resulted in lenient sentencing, particularly for family members convicted of abuse. For example, the penal code gives judges the ability to reduce a sentence when the victim’s family does not press charges” (20)
Dec. 14, 2012, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

“Due to social pressures and fear of embarrassment, incest remained taboo and often went unreported and unpunished” (23)
Dec. 11, 2012, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

“Although police intervened in domestic disputes if requested, the government did not undertake specific measures to counter social pressure against reporting domestic violence, rape, incest, and other mistreatment of women” (13)
Sept. 26, 2012, 8:02 p.m.
Countries: Guinea, Mali, Niger

"In countries such as Guinea, Mali, and Niger, around 60 percent of women think it is acceptable for a man to beat his wife if she refuses to have sex" (170)
Sept. 17, 2012, 9 a.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"An offence of sex with an adult relative will cover sexual activity between certain adult blood relatives – parents, child, sibling, grandparent and grandchild" (23)
Sept. 12, 2012, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

“Sexual exploitation of children through incestuous relationships occurred, and anecdotal reports continued to suggest that this was a particular problem in the out islands. Observers generally acknowledged that a small number of children were involved in illicit or unlawful activities. The ministry may remove children from abusive situations if a court deems it necessary. The ministry provided services to abused and neglected children through a public-private center for children, the public hospital family violence program, and the Bahamas Crisis Center” (15-16)
Aug. 14, 2012, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"Child abuse was a significant problem, principally violence and sexual abuse. According to the governmental National Center for Children, both problems were most likely to occur within families" (15)
July 19, 2012, 5:21 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"Child abuse, including rape of children and incest, was a serious problem, but the crime was rarely reported, the government seldom punished perpetrators of abuse, and penalties seldom matched the crime. Many children became HIV positive as a result of rape. Most sexual assaults on girls occurred at home; fewer than half of sexual assaults were reported. Children with disabilities, children out of school, and orphans were at particular risk. According to a recent report by the Swaziland Violence Surveillance System, at least 2,619 children were reported abused from January to June this year. Punishment for child abuse was minimal, and even perpetrators of abuse that resulted in death were ...more