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April 3, 2020, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"This isn’t the first time that social media has changed the outcome of abuse cases that would likely have otherwise gone ignored. In one high-profile assault case in May 2011, a school principal in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing was eventually found guilty of sexually assaulting a teacher after forcing her to drink 16 cups of liquor. A reporter from the Chongqing Evening News published the local police station’s initial response that rape might not have been committed because of the use of a condom" (para 8).
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Although rape was frequent, prosecutions were rare" (37). "As in previous years, the government did not effectively enforce the 2006 Women’s Protection Act. The act brought the crime of rape under the jurisdiction of criminal rather than Islamic courts" (38). "The law requires a victim to complain directly to a sessions court, which is considered a trial court for heinous offenses. After recording the victim’s statement, the sessions court judge officially lodges a complaint, after which police may then make arrests. NGOs reported the procedure created barriers for rape victims who could not afford to travel to or access the courts. Rape was a severely underreported crime" (38). "According to...more
March 30, 2020, 8:50 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Last year, this led to a gang of men who attacked an 18-year-old woman getting acquitted of gang rape - which in turn prompted a panel of legal experts to recommend the law be tightened to define any non-consensual sexual act as 'assault' or 'rape'" (para 28).
March 30, 2020, 8:35 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"But in a report released last week, Amnesty International warned that Denmark also has 'widespread sexual violence' and systemic problems in how it deals with rape" (para 3). "That same year, only 890 rapes were reported to the police, of which 535 led to prosecutions, and 94 ended in convictions" (para 6). "Speaking to Amnesty, victims said they often found 'the reporting process and its aftermath immensely traumatising', either because they were not believed, they were interrogated by officers, or, in one case, important evidence that was later needed at trial was allegedly not properly collected" (para 7). "Some believe the Scandinavian country's image as a progressive utopia has actually...more
March 29, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

""One-quarter of ever-married women each reported that their husbands are jealous or angry if they talk with other men (26%) or insist on knowing where they are at all times (24%). About one in twenty ever-married women said that their husbands/partners do not permit them to meet with their female friends (6%), frequently accuse them of being unfaithful (5%), or try to limit their contact with their families (4%). Only 6% of ever-married women reported that their husbands display three or more of the specified behaviours and 62% say that they display none of them" (222). Controlling behaviors by husbands/partners may suggest the existence of societal norms that perpetuate rape...more
March 25, 2020, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The country’s legal system struggled to address the woman’s complaint. Gogoi first chaired a special session of the Supreme Court where he publicly denounced the woman and the allegations. Then the court set up an informal committee of three judges to examine the allegations" (para 3). "On Monday, the court announced that the panel had found no substance to the woman’s allegations and that its report would remain secret" (para 4). "Gogoi’s accuser said in a statement that she was 'disappointed and dejected' by the panel’s conclusion and feared reprisals against her and her family" (para 6). "The Washington Post and other news outlets are withholding the woman’s name because...more
March 24, 2020, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"'I was working out in the fields when it happened,' one girl who said she’d been sexually assaulted by a Ugandan soldier told The New York Times in an interview. 'The man came behind me without me noticing. He grabbed me. Then he raped me in the field.' She was 13 years old at the time, she said, and she became pregnant. Her parents went to the nearby Ugandan military base to report the crime, she said. Ugandan officers said that the soldier had already left the country but that they would 'bring him to justice and put him in prison,' said the girl. She is now 15 and says...more
March 4, 2020, 10:53 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Their offspring automatically become slaves, too. All of Moulkheir’s children were born into slavery. And all were the result of rape by her master" (para 24-26). "The attacks began when she had barely begun to cover her head with a scarf, a Muslim tradition that begins at puberty. The master took Moulkheir out to the goat fields near his home and raped her in front of the animals. Moulkheir had no choice but to endure this torture. She’d convinced herself that her master knew what was best for her — that this was the way it had always been, would always be" (para 27). "Soon, the abuse — directed not...more
Feb. 15, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Within this framework, the Court of Cassation stressed that the consent to sexual acts between spouses or partners is essential: should it fail, the conduct will be of a penal relevance (Sect. III, 36962/2007). By Law Decree 93/2013, it has been acknowledged further the seriousness of sexual violence as manifestation of dominion within relationships or as a stalking tool, following the end of a relationship. Moreover, it should be stressed the equalization between conducts perpetrated during the relationship to those ones at the end of it. The above Law Decree has also set aside the requirement of “legal” separation, envisaging the increased penalty regardless of the status between partners." (para...more
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The law criminalizes rape and the use of threats or violence to claim a 'marital right to intercourse.' While the government effectively enforced the law, its interpretation by religious courts precluded full implementation of civil law in all provinces" (27).
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Awareness-raising activities to combat harmful traditional practices are carried out in all departments. Emphasis is placed on practices such as: (i) those related to sexuality (sexual violence, early initiation of sexual behaviour) (...)" (11)
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:06 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"While taking note of the State party’s efforts to combat gender-based violence, the Committee is concerned at reports on the continuing incidents of gender-based violence, in particular domestic violence, incest and rape, including marital rape, the low number of complaints, investigations, prosecutions and convictions for such cases, and insufficient legal protections for victims. Furthermore, the Committee expresses its concern at the requirement of the victim’s complaint in the Penal Code in order to prosecute crimes of sexual violence." (9). "In light of previous recommendations made by the Committee (para. 25) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW/C/JPN/CO/6, paras. 31-34), the State party should strengthen its efforts...more
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government did not enforce the law against rape effectively" (28) "Muhamasheen women were particularly vulnerable to rape and other abuse because of the general impunity for attackers due to the women’s low-caste status" (33),
Jan. 29, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"However, Japan is also making proactive efforts concerning all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and gender-based violence." (45). "As one of the preventive measures, in the first instance, efforts concerning violence against women, including raising awareness, are further strengthened through the “Campaign for Eliminating of Violence against Women” (November 12 to 25 every year), in coordination/cooperation with the State, local governments, women’s groups, and other related groups, in order to eradicate violence against women, such as violence by a spouse, etc., sexual crimes, prostitution, trafficking in persons, sexual harassment, and stalking activities." (45). "From the perspective of preventing persons from becoming the perpetrators or victims of violence...more
Jan. 22, 2020, 11:18 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"While the law criminalises rape, victims often withdraw charges due to compensation from the accused, family pressure or threats, according to the 2018 U.S. State Department human rights report on Namibia" (para 14).
Jan. 22, 2020, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Naripokkho, a top women rights organisation, held rally near its office at Dhanmondi 5/A in Dhaka with the slogan 'No more sexual assault.' Protesters expressing solidarity to the countrywide event staged an hour-long sit-in programme in front of Naripokkho’s office from 4pm. Rowshon Ara, coordinator of the event, said their protests came in the wake of an upward trend on violence, especially sexual, against women. 'Rapes and other forms of sexual abuse are on the rise across the country. We need to wage a mass demonstration to fight such criminal acts,' she told Dhaka Tribune. 'If we can stage a coordinated demonstration, we can help reduce violence against women,' added...more
Jan. 13, 2020, 8:20 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"the United Nations documented reports of an April 17 sexual assault on a 21-year-old woman who was beaten and raped at gunpoint by three uniformed men in North Galkayo; their affiliation was not known. The police opened an investigation, but no arrests were made." (14-15). "Increased reports of sexual and gender-based violence accompanied increased displacement, including reports of incidents committed by various armed groups and security personnel." (24). "The law criminalizes rape, providing penalties of five to 15 years in prison for violations. Military court sentences for rape included death. The government did not effectively enforce the law. There are no federal laws against spousal violence, including rape, although in...more
Jan. 8, 2020, 12:17 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Hundreds of children and teenagers took to the streets of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion on Sunday, to protest against the impunity surrounding cases of sexual abuse and rapes in the country. They tried to convince the population to join their struggle, performing street theater, songs, holding drawings and banners that read 'Don't be indifferent, children are victims of abuses and the State would not do anything'" (para 1-2). "On March last year, the death of a 14-year-old rape victim during childbirth put the spotlight on the country’s high levels of sexual violence against girls and its strict abortion law. But the outrage was never translated into policies" (para 6).more
Dec. 21, 2019, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The violence against Indigenous girls and women, experts say, is deeply rooted in Canada’s history.From the 1870s until 1996, Canada forced thousands of Indigenous children to go to residential schools in an effort to suppress their language and culture. Many faced physical, sexual and mental abuse" (para 14-15).
Dec. 21, 2019, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In one horrific recent case, 11-year-old Daria Lukyanenko, from Odessa region, was killed after she 'fought back' against an alleged rape attempt by a family friend Nikolay Tarasov, 22. Her body was found after a six day search in a village cesspool, and the man was detained for attempted rape and murder. Hundreds attended her funeral and the suspect's mother Maria publicly 'disowned' her son. Earlier armed police intervened after his family home was besieged by angry locals" (para 8-11).
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"For prosecutors, judges and even defense lawyers in Guatemala, the case exemplifies the national scourge…motivated by a deep-seated sense of ownership over women and their place in relationships" (para 6). "…most women are killed by lovers, family members, husbands or partners--men angered by women acting independently, enraged by jealousy or, like Gehovany, driven by a deeply ingrained sense of control over women's lives. 'Men end up thinking they can dispose of women as they wish,' said Adriana Quinones, the United Nations Women's country representative in Guatemala" (para 28-29). "His youngest daughter...had resigned herself to voluntary confinement....In town, some residents openly blamed Lubia for what happened. Even her own aunts did"...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Justice was a long time coming for the young Spanish woman gang-raped during the Pamplona bull runs in 2016. On Friday, the Supreme Court in Madrid overturned a lower court's verdict and found the five men who attacked her guilty of rape rather than sexual abuse, and raised their sentences from nine to 15 years in prison" (para. 1). "The men called themselves la manada (the wolf pack) and their case revealed gaping holes in the Spanish legal system's approach to sexual violence. According to Amnesty International, three-quarters of EU member states, including Spain, legally recognise an assault as rape only when physical violence, threats or coercion are involved. A...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The demonstrations come three years after the notorious gang-rape of a woman at the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona and amid the trial of seven men accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in Catalonia. 'This has been a summer dominated by barbarity, murders, rapes, assault, paedophilia and gang attacks,' said the protests' organisers, Feminist Emergency. 'The gender-based violence of the summer has led to the worst figures in more than a decade'" (para 5-7). "Spain's acting prime minister, socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez, tweeted his support for Friday's protests. 'Tonight will be purple,' he said. 'The streets of our country will fill with light against sexist violence because...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Little did she know that barely a month into her marriage she would also be expected to act as a wife for two of her husband's other brothers and, when she refused, would be raped and assaulted" (para 3).
Dec. 8, 2019, 5:14 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"'This is a major public health issue and these types of behaviours must be stopped,' Louise Mannheimer, the head of the Swedish Public Health Agency's sexual health unit said" (para. 8).
Dec. 7, 2019, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In January, campaigners condemned the arrest of five pregnant pupils in the Tandahimba district, on the Mozambique border, saying that the men who impregnated them should be arrested instead" (para. 6).
Dec. 6, 2019, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The shocking figures have led campaigners to claim that rape is being 'effectively decriminalised' in Britain" (para 3). "The percentage of reports which lead to a conviction in rape cases is much lower than many other types of crime" (para 4). "Campaigners believe the CPS has become more reluctant to bring cases in the aftermath of a series of collapsed trials in recent years. They say the CPS had begun ditching so-called 'weak' cases in order to improve notoriously low rape conviction rates" (para 10-11). "Andrea Simon, from End Violence Against Women Coalition, added: 'These numbers represent real women subjected to rape, a crime which does enormous harm, who are...more
Dec. 6, 2019, 1:53 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"On January 17, 2007, police, military and private security guards forcibly evicted the residents of Lote 8, El Estor, to clear the land for nickel mining, at that time for Canadian company Hudbay Minerals. The men of the community were in the fields, and the women at home. Eleven women, including Margarita Caal Caal, have now come forward to say they were raped during the forced eviction" (para 35-36).
Nov. 7, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Reported techniques included beatings with fists, whips, rifle butts, and other objects; prolonged suspension by the limbs from a ceiling or door; electric shocks; sexual assault; and attacks by dogs." (6). "Media, NGOs, and UNHCR staff reported multiple cases of attacks against refugees, particularly women and children. According to UNHCR, refugees sometimes reported harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Refugee women and girls, particularly sub- Saharan Africans, faced the greatest risk of societal, sexual, and gender-based violence." (32). "The law prohibits rape, prescribing criminal penalties of 15 to 25 years’ imprisonment, or life imprisonment for cases of rape involving armed abduction. Spousal rape is not illegal. The government did not effectively...more
Oct. 25, 2019, 9:36 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Attorneys who represented rape survivors said that authorities were reasonably responsive to cases involving the rape of minors, as the law is clear and judicial measures exist to deal with such cases. Due to the lack of clear legal or administrative structures to deal with such cases, however, authorities frequently dropped or did not pursue cases when the offender was also a minor or the survivor was an adult" (19).