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Latest items for LRW-LAW-1

Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law on sexual violence criminalizes rape, but the offense was not always reported by victims and the law was not always enforced. Rape was common. The legal definition of rape does not include spousal rape. It also prohibits extrajudicial settlements (for example, a customary fine paid by the perpetrator to the family of the victim) and forced marriage, allows victims of sexual violence to waive appearance in court, and permits closed hearings to protect confidentiality. The minimum penalty prescribed for rape is a prison sentence of five years, and courts regularly imposed such a sentence in rape convictions" (page 39). "The minimum age of consensual sex is 18 for...more
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape regardless of age or gender is illegal and punishable if convicted by five to 10 years’ imprisonment or up to 15 years if the victim is younger than 15" (page 9).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is a criminal offense under sharia with a wide range of penalties from flogging to execution" (40).
July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape and sexual violence carry basic penalties of five to 10 years’ imprisonment. The law establishes 15 years as the minimum age for consensual sex" (p. 16).
July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape and sexual violence, which carry a penalty of five to 25 years in prison" (p. 14).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 16 years" (p. 18).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of women but not spousal rape" (p. 14).
July 29, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The minimum age of consensual sex is 15" (p. 18).
July 29, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape and domestic violence" (p. 16).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Authorities only occasionally prosecuted perpetrators of sexual violence. The judicial system did not provide consistent and predictable recourse or legal protection, and traditional legal systems were subject to ethnic variations" (page 12). "Rape is prohibited and punishable by imprisonment" (page 15). "The law prohibits sexual relations with girls under age 14, even if married, but authorities rarely enforced the ban" (page 17).
July 21, 2019, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Last December, Magufuli pardoned two child rapists who raped 10 primary school children, after serving 13 years of their life sentences" (para 19).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape is a felony, subject to punishment by at least 15 years in prison, but the government did not enforce the law" (Pg 44).
July 19, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"There is a statutory rape law prohibiting sex with a person under age 16" (p. 9).
July 19, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, and provides penalties for conviction of two to 12 years in prison" (p. 8).
July 19, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"It is further concerned that marital rape is not specifically criminalized and that no definition of statutory rape exists in the State party’s legislation owing to the absence of a legal minimum age of sexual consent" (7).
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits sexual assault, including rape and spousal rape, with penalties of two to 10 years’ imprisonment for conviction of attempted sexual violation and at least 12 years’ imprisonment for conviction of rape or sexual violation" (page 49). "By law, if the victim of abuse is between ages 12 and 18, molestation results in a three-to-eight-year prison sentence, sexual abuse in an eight-to-15-year sentence, and rape in a sentence of at least 16 years. If the victim is younger than 12, molestation results in a minimum five-year prison sentence, sexual abuse in a minimum 10-year sentence, and rape in a minimum 18-year sentence" (page 52). "The age of consent...more
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"In July parliament passed the new criminal code that will not come into effect until 2018. In the meantime the existing law requires prison sentences for rape that vary between five and 15 years depending on the victim’s age. The law also mandates five years’ additional imprisonment in the case of gang rape, rape of pregnant women, or rape of a woman with disabilities. The victim’s compensation depends on the degree of mental and physical abuse. Under the 2015 Act to Amend Some Nepal Acts to Maintain Gender Equality and End Gender-Based Violence, the sentence for marital rape is three to five years’ imprisonment and the statute of limitations for...more
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits rape, domestic abuse, and other forms of violence against women. A 2016 government survey found that one-third of women between the ages of 15 and 64 had experienced violence. Violence against women previously had been poorly documented and significantly underreported by the government. Domestic violence was the most common form of violence against women. The legal definition of rape covers only forced penetration of sexual organs, and filing a case requires corroboration and a witness. Rape is punishable by four to 14 years in prison. While the government imprisoned perpetrators of rape and attempted rape, sentences were often light, and many convicted rapists received the minimum sentence....more
July 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape of men or women, including spousal rape, is illegal. Although there is no crime defined as rape, the equivalent crimes are sexual coercion and sexual violence. These crimes include the exploitation of a person who is unable to express his/her will. Penalties for sexual coercion and sexual violence range from one year in prison to 15 years in aggravated cases" (Pg 28). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 12, provided the older partner is 18 or younger. Persons older than 18 who engage in sexual relations with a minor between the ages of 12 and 14 may be punished by one to five years’ imprisonment. By law statutory...more
July 18, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-1

"The law prohibits rape, although it does not specifically prohibit spousal rape. Rape is punishable by imprisonment with hard labor, but the law does not specify a minimum sentence. The government did not enforce the law effectively" (Pg 17).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men and women and provides penalties of between five and 10 years’ imprisonment for convicted rapists. Police and courts, however, rarely investigated or prosecuted rape cases, especially since victims often did not report them. The law does not address spousal rape" (Pg 26).
July 15, 2019, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"Rape is illegal, although the government did not always enforce the law effectively. The law permits authorities to prosecute spousal rape, and prosecutions occurred. The law specifies penalties for conviction of rape or forcible sexual assault ranging from four years’ imprisonment to the death penalty as well as fines" (page 28).
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The penalty for rape is life imprisonment; however, rape was a widespread problem" (p. 12). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 18 years" (p. 15).
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape" (p. 28). "The law sets the legal age of marriage for girls and boys at 18" (p. 30).
July 14, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"By law, sexual intercourse with a girl younger than 14 years constitutes rape" (p. 16).
July 14, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law stipulates maximum imprisonment of 30 years and caning with a minimum of 12 strokes for rape" (p. 14).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a crime punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 years to life" (p. 17). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16" (p. 19).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 18" (p. 36).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, with penalties of up to 30 years’ imprisonment" (p. 34).
July 13, 2019, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape and convicted rapists face penalties of five to 10 years’ imprisonment" (p. 15)."The minimum age for consensual sex and marriage is 15 for girls and 18 for boys" (p. 16).