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Latest items for LRW-LAW-2

June 19, 2019, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is a criminal offense, with punishment that ranges from a minimum of 10 to 25 years in prison and a fine to the death penalty. The penalty for gang rape is death or life imprisonment, but sentences, when they occurred, were often less severe. Although rape was frequent, prosecutions were rare. According to data presented by the Ministry of Interior to the senate in 2014, there had been no rape convictions in the country during previous years. Media reported at least one rape conviction in October, with the accused reportedly receiving a 12-year prison sentence" (Pg 41). "The penal code defines statutory rape as sexual intercourse with a girl...more
June 18, 2019, 8:29 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a crime punishable by penalties ranging from five to 20 years’ imprisonment. The law applies equally to all survivors, regardless of their sex" (p. 19).
June 17, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual relations with a child under 18 years of age, with penalties of six months to two years in prison and a 120,000 to 180,000 ouguiyas ($338 to $507) fine" (p. 19).
June 17, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rapists who are single men face penalties of forced labor and whipping, and married rapists are subject to the death penalty" (pp. 17).
June 17, 2019, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape with penalties of up to 15 years in prison but does not criminalize spousal rape. The government generally enforced the law when individuals reported cases, but there were indications that many victims did not report rape because of cultural and societal factors. During the year police charged 159 individuals with rape or attempted rape. Foreign nationals working as domestic employees occasionally reported that their sponsors or employees of labor recruitment agencies had sexually abused them. According to diplomatic observers, police investigations resulted in few rape convictions" (Pg 13-14).
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape. The VAPP provides penalties ranging from 12 years’ to life imprisonment for offenders older than 14 and a maximum of 14 years’ imprisonment for all others. It also provides for a public register of convicted sexual offenders and appointment of protection officers at the local government level to coordinate with courts and ensure victims receive various forms of assistance (e.g., medical, psychosocial, legal, rehabilitative, reintegrative) provided by the VAPP. The act also includes a provision empowering courts to award appropriate compensation to victims of rape" (Pg 32).
June 13, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law provides penalties of up to life imprisonment for conviction of statutory rape or defilement, which the law defines as the unlawful carnal knowledge of a child under age 16. The minimum penalty for conviction of defilement is 15 years’ imprisonment" (p. 19).
June 13, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape and other sexual offenses, and courts have discretion to sentence convicted rapists to life imprisonment with hard labor" (p. 17).
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1

"Rape was a widespread problem. It is punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison, depending on the circumstances and age of the victim. Most rape cases went unreported due to victims’ fear or shame. According to the prime minister, surveys in 2010 on gender-based violence showed that at some point in their lives 43.2 percent of women nationwide had experienced physical violence, and 28.3 percent experienced sexual violence" (Pg 16).
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape of women is illegal, and carries a sentence of three years in prison to death" (52).
June 11, 2019, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The minimum legal age for consensual sex is 16. The penalty for conviction of statutory rape (sex with a child under age 13) is a minimum of 15 years in prison. There is no minimum penalty for conviction of sexual relations with a child between the ages of 14 and 16. Possession of or trade in child pornography is illegal. The government continued to train police officials in handling of child sex abuse cases. Centers for abused women and children worked to reduce the trauma suffered by abused children" (Pg 17).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape of men or women is illegal, but the law does not protect against spousal rape, except if the couple is separated or in the process of divorce, or if there is a restraining order in place. The maximum penalty for an initial rape conviction is seven years. The maximum sentence for subsequent rape convictions is life imprisonment; however, the usual maximum was 14 years’ imprisonment" (11-12).
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape and Domestic Violence: These acts are illegal. In most cases the penalty for rape, including spousal rape, is one to 10 years in prison. When the victim is younger than 14, suffers serious bodily injury, or is the victim of several perpetrators, punishment may be more severe. Imposed sentences were generally lenient, the average being three years" (Pg 24).
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penal code makes sexual conduct by an adult with anyone below the age of 17 a crime, and increases penalties when such conduct involves victims younger than 14" (p. 15).
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"Although rape, including marital rape, is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison, failures to investigate or prosecute cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse were common" (p. 12).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law stipulates a sentence of at least 10 years of imprisonment with hard labor for the rape of a girl or woman 15 years of age or older" (30). "The law strictly prohibits sexual harassment and does not distinguish between sexual assault and sexual harassment. Both carry a minimum prison sentence of four years at hard labor" (31). "For example, conviction for rape of a child younger than age 15 potentially carries the death penalty" (33).
June 8, 2019, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"In July the rape and killing of a seven-year-old Syrian child generated public anger. The authorities quickly arrested a suspect who confessed to the crimes, and protestors called for the death penalty. In October the Criminal Court convicted the perpetrator of sexual assault and murder and sentenced him to death" (34).
June 7, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape is imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine not exceeding 200,000 rupees ($6,000). In addition, the Judicial Provisions Act of 2008 prescribes punishment for child trafficking offenses of up to 30 years’ imprisonment" (p. 12).
June 7, 2019, 8 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape is 20 years’ imprisonment, with a fine not exceeding 200,000 rupees ($6,000)" (p. 10).
June 5, 2019, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"A convicted first-time offender may be imprisoned for up to seven years" (32). "The penalty is up to nine years’ imprisonment; the government generally enforced the law. Conviction of other sexual crimes carry increased levels of punishment if the victim was a juvenile" (35).
June 4, 2019, 6:17 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Anyone convicted of an offense related to the commercial sexual exploitation of children is liable to imprisonment for a period of not less than 10 years" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape convictions carry a minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Prison sentences for rape convictions range from one to five years" (p. 13 - 14).
June 3, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, and penalties range from three to 10 years in prison. Rape of a victim under 14 years of age is punishable by 10 to 25 years in prison" 8p. 22).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"A prison term for conviction of 20 to 30 years applies if the victim is under age 14; is gang raped; or if the rape results in pregnancy, disease, or incapacitation lasting more than six weeks" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law provides for five to 10 years’ imprisonment for conviction of rape and a fine of two million to 10 million CFA francs ($3,400 to $17,010)" (p. 11).
June 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law establishes the punishment for rape as a minimum of five years’ imprisonment, and courts usually sentenced individuals convicted of rape to five to 10 years in prison. " (p. 12). "Persons who engage in sex with children younger than age 14 face sentences of three to 10 years in prison. Those who engage in sex with minors between 14 and 16 receive a mandatory prison sentence of three to seven years" (p. 13).
June 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"In June the legislature approved a pension reform bill for public school teachers, which stipulates that retired teachers and staff must return pension payments received if convicted of sexual assault that occurred while they were employed as teachers" (p. 11).
May 29, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Sexual violence is a criminal offense carrying a penalty from six months’ to eight years’ imprisonment. The penalty for rape is one to 10 years in prison" (p. 11).
May 28, 2019, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape is up to 21 years in prison, depending on the severity of the assault, the age of the victim, and the circumstances in which the crime occurred. Very few cases resulted in a sentence longer than three years and four months in prison" (p. 10).