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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

"Sudan finally repealed a law that would subject victims of rape being put on trial for adultery – a crime that would lead to the victim being jailed, flogged or even stoned.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

"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
Sept. 14, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The scandal erupted last week when a 38-second video was posted to Twitter, showing the victim naked and unconscious while male voices bragged about 'at least 30' people having sex with her.Brazil police hunt at least 30 men in alleged gang rape"(para 7-8)
Aug. 24, 2017, 3:28 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

“The legislation is being introduced as the country opens up after half a century of military rule, and includes new laws to … make gang-rape punishable by death” (para 3). “The penal code includes some provisions against rape, although that does not cover husbands who abuse their wives unless they are under the age of 13” (para 10).
Aug. 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The Law governing Child Marriages in Baluchistan is the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 which stipulates the minimum lawful age of marriage for boys 18 years and for girls 16 years. The law states that a male person above the age of 18 contracting a child marriage shall be liable to imprisonment up to a maximum period of one month and or with a fine up to Rs. 1000" (10).
Aug. 9, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Amin was prosecuted under the Elimination of Violence against Women law, passed in 2009" (para 18).
Aug. 7, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"In California, legislators have proposed several bills meant to prevent short sentences for sexual assaults, including one that would require a mandatory-minimum term for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated or unconscious person"(para 3)."Under California law, most instances of rape are punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of three to eight years. However, for certain kinds of sexual assault, judges can opt out of the mandatory punishment. If a defendant did not use physical force, a judge may have him serve some of that time as probation"(para 5)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that the Ministry of Justice established a committee to review the Penal Code in order to address various issues, including: the narrow definition of the crime of rape, which only applies to vagina-penal penetration...the Committee urges the State party...To expedite the amendment of the Penal Code to expand the definition of rape and ensure ex officio prosecution of sex crimes" (6-7)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"the age of sexual consent remains 13 years and that the minimum penalty for statutory rape is only three years of imprisonment" (6)
June 11, 2017, 12:01 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"...some state lawmakers have resisted passing legislation to end child marriage — because they wrongly fear that such measures might unlawfully stifle religious freedom or because they cling to the notion that marriage is the best solution for a teen pregnancy....Many of the children married between 2000 and 2010 were wed to adults significantly older than they were, the data shows. At least 31 percent were married to a spouse age 21 or older. (The actual number is probably higher, as some states did not provide spousal ages.) Some children were married at an age, or with a spousal age difference, that constitutes statutory rape under their state’s laws. In ...more
June 7, 2017, 1:57 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"There is no minimum age for marriage in Yemen. In the 1990s, a law setting the age at 15 was repealed by parliament under pressure from Muslim conservatives, who argued that Sharia law does not prohibit child marriage and that attempts to curb the practice were a Western plot. While the Ministry of Justice has issued a directive against marriages of girls under 18, it is often disregarded by judges. Sexual intercourse before the girl reaches puberty is banned, but the law is almost impossible to enforce. Human rights groups have documented cases of prepubescent girls bleeding to death from being raped by their husbands" (p 14-15)more
May 5, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits rape and sexual violence, which carry a penalty of five to 25 years in prison" (17). "Rape and sexual violence carry basic penalties of five to 10 years’ imprisonment and up to 25 years’ imprisonment, depending upon the injury or harm caused the victim and the motive. The law establishes 15 years as the minimum age for consensual sex" (19).
May 1, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The government enforced the law against rape, which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years and the possibility of caning for offenders. Under the law only a man can commit rape. A man cannot legally be a victim of rape, but he may be the victim of unlawful sexual penetration, which carries the same penalties as rape" (20). "The age of consent for noncommercial sex is 16. Sexual intercourse with a person under age 16 is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine, or both" (23).
April 26, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, is illegal and punishable by up to 12 years in prison" (16). "The law prohibits sexual intercourse with children younger than 15. The penalty for statutory rape ranges from two to 12 years’ imprisonment" (19).
April 21, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law in all parts of the kingdom criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence" (12). "The penalty for statutory rape is imprisonment not exceeding 15 years, a fine, or both. The minimum age of consent is 16 in the Netherlands, Curacao, and Aruba and 15 in Sint Maarten" (15). "In Curacao the penalty for an adult who entices minors into meeting for committing lewd acts is a prison sentence of up to nine years. The penalty for statutory rape is 12 to 15 years’ imprisonment" (15).
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape but does not address spousal rape" (24).
April 6, 2017, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law specifically criminalizes rape but does not recognize spousal rape as a distinct crime" (15). "Statutory rape is illegal and punishable by four years’ imprisonment, or six years if the victim is particularly young" (17). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16" (18).
March 28, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes statutory rape with incarceration for one to 16 years" (13). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 15" (13).
March 24, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, and provides a penalty of two to 15 years in prison for violations" (14). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 15" (17).
March 24, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"While the law prohibits rape, it does not recognize spousal rape as a crime" (23). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 18 years" (29).
March 21, 2017, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, and provides penalties for conviction of two to six years in prison; however, the government did not effectively enforce the law" (9). "There are no explicit penalties for child prostitution, but there is a statutory rape law prohibiting sex with a person under age 16" (12).
March 20, 2017, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape" (10). "The age of sexual consent is 16 years" (12).
March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape and domestic violence, but both occurred frequently, and authorities rarely prosecuted perpetrators" (20). "The minimum age of consensual sex is 15" (24).