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Jan. 10, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"In the past year in Japan, we’ve made some progress. In July, our lower house of parliament (where just 10.1 percent of seats are held by women) amended the law pertaining to sexual assault to increase minimum sentences from three to five years, recognize male victims and widen the definition of what constitutes rape. But we need to keep pushing for more change. The age of consent is still 13" (para 34).
Jan. 9, 2018, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is illegal and punishable by 12 to 20 years of imprisonment" (para 6).
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, with prison terms of five to 10 years, or eight to 10 years under aggravating circumstances, such as use of a weapon"(16)."The law against gender violence stipulates stiff penalties for harassment and both physical and emotional abuse and provides for prison terms of up to 30 years for murder"(16)."The law prohibits sexual harassment in cases of established employer-employee relations in the public and private sectors and in teacher-student relations.Violators face a maximum three-year prison sentence. The extent of the problem was difficult to determine, because convictions for sexual harassment were rare, and pre-employment sexual harassment was not actionable"(17)."The law prohibits consensual sex between ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"In response, the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs in 2014 created a draft bill criminalizing domestic violence. Al-Nahda supported the bill, stating that the party does not view protecting women from injury as contradicting Islamic law. The draft law was approved in July 2016, though it has yet to go into effect. Its provisions include prohibiting all forms of violence against women (physical, psychological, sexual or economic), and issuing prison sentences or financial penalties should the law be broken. The law criminalizes marital rape, ends impunity for rapists who marry their victims and also criminalizes sexual harassment, with either imprisonment or financial penalty as the consequence. The penalty for ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Two ministries — the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development and the Ministry of Justice and Liberties — created a draft law and placed it before the general secretariat in September 2013. Due to criticism from women’s groups of the inadequacy of the scope of definition and protections provided under the proposed law, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane placed the law under a direct commission to be revised, and it was presented before the general secretariat yet again in July 2016 . . . Ultimately, the bill passed, though it has yet to go into effect" (para 8-9).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, such crimes (primarily rapes, molestations and stalking) have skyrocketed by a whopping 60 percent between 2010 and 2011 and 2014 and 2015" (para 4). "Although the Indian Parliament passed a strong anti-rape law while also making human trafficking, acid attacks and stalking stringently punishable, it hasn’t translated into diminishing crimes against women" (para 9). "The three attackers in the 2012 rape were sentenced to death and within months the government passed a bill broadening the definition of sexual offences to include forced penetration by any object, stalking, acid violence and disrobing" (para 13).
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Crimes like rape are handled with great sensitivity and various measures have been taken by Delhi Police for the safety of women in the city. Emphasis is given to ensure that all cases of crime against women are investigated by women officers" (para 6). Rape is considered a crime, as indicated by this statement (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The report. . . establishes the legal age of marriage as 15, not 18, and considers those younger than 15 to be minors. So if these minors are engaged in sex with adults and if they decide to get married then there will be no charge of pedophilia. Rather, the marriage will be observed for five years and if there is no physical violence then there will be no punishment. This has been named in Turkish social media as 'marrying your rapist' law. Facing mounting criticism, Ayse Kesir, AKP parliamentarian and chairwoman of the commission, appeared on CNN Turk and claimed this suggestion would only apply to 3,000 families that ...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 6:26 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Egypt's penal code does not allow for the execution of rapists. Instead, the code applies the maximum penalty of 25 years in prison to rapists who have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt to have committed the crime. A rapist will face the death penalty only if rape is followed by murder, according to the penal code. If the rapist is a minor, the maximum punishment he faces is 15 years in prison" (para 6).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus, Ireland, Mexico
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 17 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Argentina, Benin, Bhutan, Burundi, Chile, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Malta, Nicaragua, Panama, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 18 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 20 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 11 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, an individual must be married to legally consent to sexual intercourse (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cuba, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 16 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 21 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso, Comoros, Japan, Niger
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 13 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Austria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma/Myanmar, Cape Verde, Chad, China, Colombia, D R Congo, East Timor, Ecuador, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Montenegro, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Serbia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 14 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Angola, Philippines
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 12 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Guinea, Honduras, Iceland, Laos, North Korea, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Uruguay
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 15 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 27, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Protests have broken out in Paris as France's justice minister prepares to set the country's first legal age of sexual consent at just 13" (para 1). "Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told French radio that the age of 13 was a 'limit that is worth considering' for the upcoming legislation. But she noted that judges should also have the ability to assess whether someone was old enough to give consent in individual situations" (para 3-4). "It is already illegal in France to have sex with under 15s, but rape charges can only be brought if prosecutors can prove the act was non-consensual. Amid public horror, the government is now drafting a ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Prison guards reportedly raped women in prison camps and forced them to have abortions"(12)."The law states that a man who has sexual intercourse with a girl under age 15 shall be 'punished gravely.' There was no reporting on whether the government upheld this law"(14)
Oct. 20, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, ATC-DATA-5

"Sudan finally repealed a law that would subject victims of rape being put on trial for adultery – a crime that would lead to the victim being jailed, flogged or even stoned. The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) coalition continues to advocate for the country of Sudan to ratify the Protocol, but commends the efforts being put in place to address the discrimination of women" (para 9).
Oct. 19, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"India's top court has ruled that men who have sex with their child brides can be prosecuted for rape. Though the legal age of consent is 18 in India, an exception had previously been made for sex between a man and his wife when the woman was between 15 and 17" (para 1-2). "The Supreme Court ruled the age of consent was 18 for 'all purposes' after hearing a petition by Independent Thought, a non-profit group that sought to criminalise sex with underaged wives. 'Sexual intercourse by a married man with their minor wife below 18 years is rape,' the court said in its judgment" (para 5-6).
Sept. 29, 2017, 1:21 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"In view of the challenges of cultural practices that violate the rights of women and girls in many African communities, a Kenyan Cultural elder from the Njuri Ncheke Meru Community Benjamin Mugambi castigated accomplices to retrogressive practices that continue to entrap vulnerable indigenous communities to continued violations.'It is wrong for families to encourage this kind of practice by paying the “hyenas” to persist the violation. When parents give away their children to be sexually violated then this is a criminal act that is punishable by law and must be fully condemned'"(para 15-16)
Sept. 29, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"As the first case [a man with HIV who knowingly sexually violated around 104 women] to be tried under the Malawi Gender Equality Act 2013, observers affirm that the sentence [he was sentenced to two years] should have been higher to deter potential offenders and to bar communities from persisting with the practice"(para 5)."Malawi’s Gender Equality At 2013 states that the criminal offence of sexual violation attracts a fine of 1 Million Malawi kwacha (Approx. $1200) or face a jail term of a maximum 5 years"(para 11)."'It is a disgrace that in our communities we still perpetuate this kind of violation to our women and girls. It is time that ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Last week, a young Dalit woman in the state of Haryana reported being gang raped by a group of men, including some of the same individuals accused of raping her three years ago. Police say those suspects were out on bail awaiting trial for the previous allegations"(para 3)
Sept. 22, 2017, 1:52 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Lebanese activists ramped up their campaign to scrap a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, with a dramatic installation on Saturday along Beirut's sunny seafront" (1).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"And Parliament, under Macron, recently gave final approval to a law that forbids men who are found guilty of sexual assault from holding public office" (para 35).
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Her attacker was charged with first-degree sexual assault but was able to plead to a lesser charge of third-degree sexual assault. Under Nebraska law, Noemi could terminate her attacker's parental rights if he'd been convicted of sexual assault in the first degree. But because he was convicted of third-degree assault, his parental rights were safe"(para 17-18)."Rape is notoriously under-reported to police and ends in relatively few convictions. About 19% of raped women over 18 report their rapes to police, according to the National Institute of Justice (PDF). Only 37% of reported rapes result in criminal prosecution. Of those, only about 46% result in conviction"(para 26)."Attorney Shauna Prewitt, who also became ...more