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Latest items for LRW-LAW-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
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"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).
March 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and sets penalties between five and 50 years in prison" (14).
March 9, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The Haitian Ministry for Women’s Affairs and Women’s Rights (Women’s Ministry) is in the process of finalizing draft legislation addressing [sexual] violence against women.4 Notwithstanding this heightened awareness and attention, violence against women and girls continues unabated" (1). "Finally, impunity for crimes involving exploitation and other violence against women has reinforced the perception that aggressors can act without punishment.65 Conditions in the camps, including the lack of accountability structures for camp committees, facilitate abuse" (14). "Access to justice for rape, sexual assault, or other violence associated with sexual exploitation is extremely limited in Haiti. Moreover, the ability of women and girls to access their economic and social rights is limited. ...more
March 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape but not spousal rape" (13). "The law prohibits defilement (sex with a child younger than 16 years with or without consent), incest, and sexual abuse of minors" (16). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16 years, and defilement is punishable by imprisonment for seven to 25 years" (17).
March 8, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and provides penalties of up to 15 years in prison" (17). "Consensual sex is legal from the age of 14 in most cases. There is an exception if the older partner is older than 18 and is 'exploiting a coercive situation' or offering compensation and the younger partner is under 16. It is also illegal for someone older than 21 to have sex with someone under the age of 16 if the older person 'exploits the victim’s lack of capacity for sexual self-determination'" (20).
March 7, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Lawmakers at the Punjab Assembly say that incidents of domestic violence are much higher than reported— the number, they claim, is at least three or four times higher than what we know. They feel the Act is a positive step forward, as men who torture, rape and assault women will now have a legal deterrence to deal with" (para 15). "Under the new [Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act 2016], protection and mediation will be the job of government-recognised committees, where the issue between two parties will be solved in the presence of local community leaders, police officials, doctors, psychologists and even family members" (para 46).
March 7, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Carnal knowledge with a girl under the age of 16 is a felony except within marriage, which can occur as early as age 12" (23). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 18 years" (23).
March 3, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Statistic from Tahirih also suggest that most child brides in the United States marry adults, with age differences that, one might think, would result in the legal system issuing statutory-rape charges rather than marriage licenses. In Virginia, for example, this was the case in 90 percent of child marriages over the past decade. But while eighteen is the legal age required by most U.S. states for marriage, all fifty states provide exceptions to the law. The two most common exceptions are parental consent and judicial approval" (para 6).