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Dec. 1, 2018, 2:16 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In a news conference in May and a book published in October, she said the police had obtained hotel security camera footage that appeared to show Mr. Yamaguchi propping her up, unconscious, as they walked through the hotel lobby. The police also located and interviewed their taxi driver, who confirmed that she had passed out. Investigators told her they were going to arrest Mr. Yamaguchi, she said — but then suddenly backed off. Elsewhere, her allegations might have caused an uproar. But here in Japan, they attracted only a smattering of attention. As the United States reckons with an outpouring of sexual misconduct cases that have shaken Capitol Hill, Hollywood,...more
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Although Bosnian courts have, in the past, prosecuted and jailed several war criminals for sexual violence during the war, they have directed victims to pursue compensation claims in expensive civil procedures -- a recourse many victims have avoided because it requires them to reveal their identities" (para 7).
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"On April 2, female police constable Halima Begum of Gouripur Police Station in Mymensingh committed suicide after her alleged rape by Sub-Inspector (SI) Mizanul Islam of the same police station. Halima’s diary, which included an entry about her rape by SI Islam, contained also a written complaint to the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Gouripur Police Station against SI Islam regarding the rape, which the OC did not accept when she submitted it. After Halima’s suicide, police arrested SI Islam" (25).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Although authorities generally enforced the law, sexual harassment was common and widely accepted in the culture" (11).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Human rights organizations asserted authorities did not take seriously reports of rape, and victims continued to be socially stigmatized and ostracized" (para. 19).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Human rights organizations asserted authorities did not take seriously reports of rape, and victims continued to be socially stigmatized and ostracized" (para. 19).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits violence against women, but human rights organizations claimed the government did not effectively enforce it. 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. The government did not effectively or fully enforce these laws or protect victims, who often waited days or weeks to report incidents due to embarrassment or fear of reprisals, hindering effective prosecution of assailants" (page 54). "Courts often gave reduced sentences to men found guilty of committing violence against women, citing good behavior during the trial...more
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In late September, Scott Dowe, 24, who was newly working at the Hotel Riu Reggae in Montego Bay, was arrested for allegedly raping two Michigan women during their stay at the resort" (para 4). " "The hotel released a statement to the Free Press that said: 'On September 27th, there was a very unfortunate incident in the RIU Reggae Hotel in which a man, who was a trainee at the entertainment department of the hotel, attacked two of our guests. The aggressor, who had been in training for only three days, managed to escape at first, but thanks to the work of the police with the full collaboration of the...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:56 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Putao Township, Kachin State. Date of Incident: 28th November 2015. Location: Schoolteacher’s house, Kachin State. Crime: A 17 year old girl was violently raped by her teacher with another teacher present. It was witnessed by one of the girl’s friends. Barriers to justice: Intimidation, threats, perpetrator does not show up, cost of attending 6 hearings, language . . . Mu Se Township, Northern Shan State. Date of Incident: 6th of November, 2014. Location: Perpetrator’s house, Mu Se Township, Northern Shan State. Crime: A Chinese businessman brutally attacked a 17 year old Shan girl, who was previously sexually assaulted by his son-in-law (her employer), then filed a lawsuit against her when...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In Karen, Kachin and Chin states, women victims of rape or sexual harassment are expelled from their village on the assumption that the village must be “cleansed” of the victims" (page 7). "The climate of impunity in Burma has caused violence against women to become a systematic problem. Lawyers are reluctant to take violence against women cases because of the time and resources they demand in relation to other cases. Often, the crime is de-sexualized, meaning that sexual assault cases are reclassified as regular assault. Justice personnel take advantage of victims, especially where a language barrier exists. Police officers, lawyers, and medical professionals often refuse or are reluctant to get...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"When Philippine police smashed into the one-bedroom house, they found three girls aged 11, seven and three lying naked on a bed. At the other end of the room stood the mother of two of the children – the third was her niece – and her eldest daughter, aged 13, who was typing on a keyboard. A live webcam feed on the computer screen showed the faces of three white men glaring out" (para 1-2). "Then more cases of live-streaming child abuse appeared in different parts of the Philippines" (para 6). "Now, the United Nations says, there are tens of thousands of children believed to be involved in a rapidly...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"However, it is concerned that the different levels of authority and competences within the State party’s federal structure result in a differentiated application of the law depending on whether or not appropriate harmonization of the relevant legislation has been conducted at the state level, such as with respect to the principle of non-discrimination and equality between men and women. The Committee notes with concern that this situation results in discriminatory provisions against women or to different definitions and sanctions related to, inter alia, rape, abortion, forced disappearances, trafficking, injuries and homicide for reasons of so-called honour, as well as on adultery across the 32 states of the State party" (3)....more
Nov. 14, 2018, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Young girls from poor neighborhoods, sold by their parents without their consent, to elderly tourists who come here looking for sex" (para. 7).
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"EULEX [the EU's Rule-of-Law Mission] noted that courts often applied penalties more lenient than the legal minimum in rape cases, particularly in cases involving minors. EULEX found that courts rarely took steps to protect victims and witnesses and did not close hearings to the public as the law requires" (para 108)
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government effectively enforced rape laws...In the same year, the government also received 6,333 complaints of sex-related offenses. As of October 12, 732 complaints led to indictments; 1,083 were closed because the offender was unknown; 1,879 were closed for lack of evidence; 533 were closed for lack of public interest; and 2,106 remained open" (para 137)
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"There were anecdotal reports of police and judicial reluctance to act on reports of rape, particularly in spousal rape cases" (page 27-28). "Sexual harassment remained a problem. . . . There were reports of incidents of harassment, but in no instance was the law used to protect the victim, nor were there reports of any prosecutions. No law protects women from sexual harassment, and only force or taking advantage of a victim’s physical helplessness carries criminal liability in terms of sexual assault" (page 29).
Nov. 1, 2018, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Women are raped and sexually abused so often in North Korea that 'nobody thinks it's a big deal', a landmark report has found. Female defectors revealed they were 'left at the mercy' of male soldiers and guards back home, who picked them out while they worked or travelled before forcing them into sex with little chance to refuse. Afterward, victims reported being thrown out of universities or beaten and abandoned by their husbands for bringing shame. Meanwhile men are seldom punished as attackers, with police, guards and soliders allowed to act with impunity" (para 1-4). "One anonymous former textile trader in her 40s recalled how the men 'considered us [sex]...more
Oct. 29, 2018, 8:17 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"India has launched its first sex offenders register with the names of 440,000 people convicted of rape and child abuse. The government has created the database, which will be accessible only to law enforcement agencies, in a bid to stem crimes against women as the country reels from a series of high-profile rape case... 'The National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO) ... will assist in effectively tracking and investigating cases of sexual offences,' the ministry said in the statement late on Thursday" (para 1-4). "Earlier this week, police arrested the principal and four staff members of a boarding school in northern India over the rape of a teenage student. Police...more
Oct. 29, 2018, 8:16 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In other countries, such as Britain, the policy entails offenders registering with their local police station. Key people within the community such as doctors, youth leaders, landlords are informed and police monitor the offender" (para 21).
Oct. 29, 2018, 8:15 a.m.
Countries: South Africa, United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Many countries, such as the United States, Britain and South Africa keep a record of people who have been convicted of sexual offences such as pedophilia and rape" (para 19).
Oct. 29, 2018, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Many countries, such as the United States, Britain and South Africa keep a record of people who have been convicted of sexual offences such as pedophilia and rape. The United States, for example, has an online database which is open to the public. It provides information including the offender's photograph and address, as well as details of the crime" (para 19-20).
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits rape, which is punishable by five to 10 years’ imprisonment. Nevertheless, the government rarely enforced the law, and rape was widespread" (page 14). "The law mandates prison terms of five months to three years and fines of 50,000 to 500,000 CFA francs ($87 to $870) for sexual harassment, but the problem was widespread. The government did not effectively enforce the law, and women’s rights groups claimed victims of sexual harassment found it difficult, if not impossible, to present proof that was sufficient to secure conviction" (page 15).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Prominent civil society groups reported the military committed numerous crimes of sexual violence against ethnic women and girls in ethnic states" (16). "Rape is illegal but remained a significant problem, and the government did not enforce the law effectively" (37). "Police generally investigated reported cases of rape, but there were reports police investigations were not sensitive to victims. Civil society groups continued to report police in some cases verbally abused women who reported rape, and women could be sued for impugning the dignity of the perpetrator" (38).
Oct. 24, 2018, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"India's government on Saturday approved the death penalty for child rapists" (para. 1). "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... 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. 7,10). "In recent months, four Indian states have already introduced similar legislation in local parliaments to approve the death penalty for child rapists" (para 13). "Activists say lax implementation of laws and snail-paced trials fuel the 'rape culture' in...more
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape and Domestic Violence: Rape is illegal and subject to strict penalties, including death, but it remained a problem, and the government did not enforce the law effectively" (para 147)
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"While the government imprisoned perpetrators for rape and attempted rape, light sentences continued to be a problem, and many convicted rapists received the minimum sentence" (para 144)
Oct. 18, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Seven months ago, 18-year-old Bahara* was imprisoned for failing a test that she should never have had to undergo. Bahara had run away from home to meet a man she had been in a relationship with. They had never met, but were in contact through calls and messages. That night, when they met for the first time, he raped her. But when she reported the rape to the police, instead of support, she was taken to hospital to undergo a virginity test – a practice that was banned in Afghanistan in 2016" (para 1-2). "Women imprisoned for running away have usually fled dire circumstances, from domestic violence to forced sex...more
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"While acknowledging the State party’s efforts to respect its obligations under the Convention, the Committee is concerned at the exacerbation of violence against women in certain areas in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, since the conflict broke out.1 It is concerned that, notwithstanding the underreporting of cases of sexual violence as a result of stigma and fear of reprisals, among other reasons, there is evidence of many cases of sexual violence in the conflict-affected areas" (Pg 5). "That the capacity of law enforcement officials and the judiciary to investigate, document and prosecute cases...more
Oct. 4, 2018, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Too often in Afghanistan, rape victims are treated as criminals. The 2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women was designed to protect women, but has largely been a broken promise" (para 6).
Oct. 4, 2018, 9:44 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Though lawmakers have introduced measures to expand the definition of sex crimes and speed up the prosecutions of rape cases, survivors of sexual violence still face significant barriers to justice and support services" (para 3).