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Dec. 1, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"For the first time ever, a Bosnian court has ordered two former Bosnian Serb soldiers who raped a Croat woman during the 1992-1995 war to pay monetary compensation to the victim. The two soldiers -- Bosiljko Markovic and Ostoja Markovic -- were also sentenced to 10 years in prison by the court on Wednesday, according to media reports" (para 1). "The two soldiers were reportedly ordered to pay 26,500 Bosnian marka (approximately $15,200) to the victim" (para 2).
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape can be punished by life imprisonment or the death penalty" (25).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape of men and women is a crime punishable if convicted by eight to 16 years’ imprisonment" (10). "Penalties for conviction include up to one year in prison and a fine equal to up to two years of the perpetrator’s salary" (11).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The federal law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and imposes penalties of up to 20 years’ imprisonment" (para. 19).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The federal law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and imposes penalties of up to 20 years’ imprisonment" (para. 19).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual assault, including rape and spousal rape, with penalties of imprisonment for attempted sexual violation from two to 10 years, and for rape or actual sexual violation for not less than 12 years" (page 54). "Courts often gave reduced sentences to men found guilty of committing violence against women, citing good behavior during the trial or 'provocation' by women as an extenuating circumstance of the crime. For example, on February 17, I.K. received a 20-month reduced sentence for raping a Japanese tourist in 2011 due to his 'respectful attitude in court'" (page 57). "During the year authorities increased penalties for sexual crimes committed against women and children....more
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"In cases of rape involving minors, sentences range from five to 15 years in prison. In extreme cases a person convicted of rape may be imprisoned for life. Spousal rape is illegal and prosecuted as a misdemeanor" (13).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Fear of the military also inhibits survivors. The military has sternly warned that it will “take action based on the rule of law against those who accuse” soldiers and has successfully completed criminal prosecutions against individuals who implicate the military in crimes. Other factors that make victims reluctant to come forward include: harassment and coercion of survivors and their communities, the stigma associated with sexual violence crimes, pressure from family and village elders, and the difficulty of pursuing court proceedings while maintaining a livelihood. In cases where victims do come forward, the military assumes jurisdiction, often offering token payment as compensation reinforcing the notion that a nominal fee provides justice"...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"A convicted rapist may receive 10 to 30 years in prison" (9).
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"By law rape is punishable by two to 15 years in prison and statutory rape (sexual intercourse with a child younger than 16) by five to 20 years" (para 107). "The minimum age of consensual sex is 16. Statutory rape is a criminal offense, which, depending on circumstances and the age of the victim, is punishable by five years to life in prison" (para 128)
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women, as well as the Family Law, which are focused on reconciliation rather than the prosecution of perpetrators of gender-based violence against women" (3). "The Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women, while prohibiting gender-based violence against women, does not provide for victim protection and support measures or for criminal liability of perpetrators" (6). "Penalties for rape are not commensurate with the severity of the crime… In revising the Criminal Code in 2012, the State party reduced the penalties for some forms of rape, including rape of children, rape by a work supervisor and repeated...more
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a felony punishable by 16 years in prison, or up to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape under aggravated circumstances or if the perpetrator rapes or commits a sexual offense against a relative" (para 137). "The law prohibits sexual exploitation of a minor and sets a penalty of seven to 20 years in prison for violators, depending on the circumstances. The law prohibits child pornography. The minimum age for consensual sex is 16. Consensual sexual relations with a minor between the ages of 14 and 16 constitute statutory rape punishable by five years’ imprisonment" (para 174)
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The punishment for rape, including spousal rape, ranges from three to 15 years’ imprisonment" (page 27).
Oct. 29, 2018, 8:17 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The case prompted the government to approve the death penalty for the rape of girls under 12, and also increase the prison term for the rape of older girls and women" (para 8).
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law allows the common practice of using a woman’s sexual history to defend men accused of rape. The law criminalizes assaults and provides for punishment of one to five years in prison and a fine. If the victim is a woman, the prison term and fine are both increased" (page 14).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penal code prohibits sexual harassment and imposes fines or a maximum of one-year’s imprisonment for verbal harassment and a maximum of two years’ imprisonment for physical contact" (38). "The maximum sentence for statutory rape is two years’ imprisonment when the victim is between 12 and 14, and 10 years’ to life imprisonment when the victim is younger than 12" (41).
Oct. 24, 2018, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The cabinet approved the ordinance amending laws on sexual violence to allow for capital punishment for those convicted of raping children below the age of 12, the official said. Minimum jail sentences for convicted rapists were also toughened... The new decree requires trials involving child victims to be completed in two months after an arrest, unusually speedy for India where the wheels of justice turn slowly" (Para. 7, 8, 10). "In recent months, four Indian states have already introduced similar legislation in local parliaments to approve the death penalty for child rapists" (para 13).
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, although 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" (para 144)
Oct. 12, 2018, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"On February 14, the Moroccan parliament adopted a new law on violence against women that criminalizes harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women... Furthermore, it imposes penalties for sexual harassment in public spaces and cyber networks" (para 2-3). "These orders can only be issued during a criminal prosecution or after a criminal conviction and they can be cancelled if spouses reconcile which will only add more pressure on women to drop such orders" (para 4).
Oct. 4, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, MARR-LAW-1

"From now on, someone who abuses a woman on the street can be sentenced to six months in prison while someone who forces a minor into marriage can get one year" (para 5).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"With the exception of spousal rape, which is evaluated on an individual basis, rape is considered a public crime; a rapist may be prosecuted even if the victim does not press charges. The penalties for rape range from three to nine years’ imprisonment, and the courts enforced these penalties" (para 100)
Oct. 2, 2018, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Any sexual act by an adult with a child younger than 15 can be prosecuted as a sexual offence under current French law. But prosecutors hoping to charge an offender with rape must prove the sex was forced" (para 4-5).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law did not always adequately protect rape victims. The law criminalizes rape (but not spousal rape) and permits a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if the victim dies" (para 234)
Sept. 14, 2018, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rapists now stand to face up to 30 years in prison" (para 3).
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"A man may be convicted of rape in the absence of a confession only if there are two male witnesses or four female witnesses willing to testify. In the case of a child, the burden of proof is lower" (17-18). "The Child Sexual Abuse (Special Provisions) Act prohibits child prostitution and the use, procurement, or provision of a child (below age 18) for the production of pornography or for pornographic performance. The crime is punishable by imprisonment between 15 and 25 years" (21).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law provides for three to 10 years’ imprisonment for rape and two to seven years’ imprisonment for sexual assault. The sentence for rape increases from five to 18 years if there are aggravating circumstances. For sexual assault with aggravating circumstances, the sentence is three to 15 years" (24). "The new criminal code provides one- to 10-year prison sentences for persons convicted of sexual acts with minors, depending on the circumstances and the child’s age. Any sexual act with a minor 13 to 15 years of age is punishable by a one- to five-year prison sentence. A sexual act with a minor under 13 years of age is punishable by...more
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Gang rape or rape of a minor or an invalid is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Sexual assault is punishable by six months to eight years in prison" (para 102)
Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape is six to 12 years in prison" (10). "The penalty for sexual abuse and assault of children under the age of 13 is imprisonment from two to 15 years, depending on the nature of the crime. Individuals who contact children under the age of 13 through the internet for the purpose of sexual exploitation face imprisonment of one to three years...The law defines nonconsensual sexual abuse as sexual acts committed against persons under 16 years old, and it provides from two to 15 years in prison, depending on the circumstances" (14).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Sentences for those convicted of rape range from eight to 12 years, or 15 years in cases of aggravated rape" (20).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"An advisor counsels Kahtera and the subtitle states the following: 'We need to prove that it was rape and not consensual intercourse, otherwise they are going to charge you for illegal sex'" (1:14). While there are laws, it appears that part of the evidence must include proof that the encounter was not concensual in order to find fault with the attacker (AA-CODER COMMENT).