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Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Prison guards reportedly raped women in prison camps and forced them to have abortions.No information was available on government efforts to combat rape, domestic violence, and other societal violence directed against women"(12)."The UN COI [Commission of Inquiry] report found the subjugation of inmates and a general climate of impunity created an environment in which guards and other prisoners in privileged positions raped female inmates. When cases of rape came to light, the perpetrator often escaped with mere dismissal or no punishment"(12)."Women who left the country reported that although 'sexual violation' was understood, the term 'sexual harassment' was not defined in the country. Despite the 1946 'Law on Equality of the ...more
Nov. 6, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Johnson, the former 11-year-old unwitting bride who is now fighting for Florida to set a minimum marriage age (there is none now), says that her family attended a conservative Pentecostal church and that other girls of a similar age periodically also married. Often, she says, this was to hide rapes by church elders. She says she was raped by both a minister and a parishioner and gave birth to a daughter when she was just 10 (the birth certificate confirms that). A judge approved the marriage to end the rape investigation, she says, telling her, 'What we want is for you to get married'" (para 17-18). The fourth infographic shows ...more
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"She [Jihan] said her husband raped her repeatedly. 'He forced me [to have sex], even if I refused.' She said he beat her every few days, once banging her head on the kitchen sink and causing a gash that required stitchesWhen she went to the local police station for help, she said 'They [police] said to me, "It’s your husband. We can’t do anything. Go to court." Even when I had bruises.' In April 2015, she said, he beat and choked her until she lost consciousness. 'I woke up and found myself on the street in my pajamas,' she said. 'I went to the police. They said, "We can do ...more
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Women who lose their virginity as a result of sexual assault can expect little sympathy. That was the experience of Madina, who recounted how she was attacked as a young girl after, she had been sent to stay with her aunt. 'During the night, my cousin raped me,' she told IWPR. 'When my aunt discovered this fact, she changed my [torn] clothes, warned me to keep this secret and told me that she would kill me if I told anyone'" (para 14-15).
Oct. 28, 2017, 11:26 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon, Philippines, Tajikistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

“These laws [which allow rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims] enable societies to make sexual relations more respectable, as it is often considered problematic in some cultures, Sen said. The penal codes in these countries do not approach rape as violence or abuse, but focus more on the idea that sexual contact occurred outside of marriage” (p 4)
Oct. 26, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

"Mass gang-rape, killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by Myanmar’s security forces in a sealed-off area north of Maungdaw in northern Rakhine State have been detailed in a new UN report issued Friday based on interviews with victims across the border in Bangladesh"(para 1)."Of the 101 women interviewed, more than half reported having suffered rape or other forms of sexual violence"(para 2)."One mother recounted how her five-year-old daughter was trying to protect her from rape when a man 'took out a long knife and killed her by slitting her throat.' In another case, an eight-month-old baby was reportedly killed ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"In Chechnya, sexual violence by close relatives, is hardly ever prosecuted; if such a crime becomes public knowledge, the victim may be killed to 'purge the family shame'"(para 4)
Oct. 20, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Kenya also set a national precedent in April, when three men were convicted and sentenced to 15 years for rape, and seven years for causing grievous bodily harm to “Liz”, a 16-year-old girl, who was gang-raped and left for dead in Busia County in 2013. The case testified to the difficulties faced by women and girls trying to seek justice and reparations. In a more recent development, the government of Kenya was ordered to award damages amounting to close to $50,000 USD to two minors, defiled by a teacher five years ago" (para 10).
Oct. 20, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, ATC-DATA-5

"Sudan finally repealed a law that would subject victims of rape being put on trial for adultery – a crime that would lead to the victim being jailed, flogged or even stoned. The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) coalition continues to advocate for the country of Sudan to ratify the Protocol, but commends the efforts being put in place to address the discrimination of women" (para 9).
Oct. 17, 2017, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Focus groups in Nakuru also said that female traders were pressured to exchange sex for permission to vend in the streets" (24).
Oct. 10, 2017, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A 2013 UN report found that almost a quarter of Chinese men admitted raping a woman at least once in their life. 87 per cent said sexual entitlement was their motivation, and 57 per cent said they did it because they were bored" (para 10). "The issue of sexual violence has been high on the political agenda in China following a high-profile case of attempted rape last year, in which a man was caught on CCTV dragging a woman down a hotel corridor by her hair. Shockingly, a member of hotel staff approaches the man but instead of intervening, merely asks the pair to be quiet. Several passersby also do ...more
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"I met Lori Cohen, director of the anti trafficking initiative at Sanctuary for Families (SFF), in her busy office next door to the court, and asked how SFF became involved with the HTIC. 'Sanctuary was seeing a number of domestic violence victims who were also being sold for sex,' said Cohen, 'but the clients didn't really have the vocabulary to self identify as trafficking survivors.' A number of SFF's clients are Mexican women who are sold by pimps for around $30 for 15 minutes. For the pimps to make money they are sold to, on average 12-16 sex buyers per day.'In one case I had a client who had 70 ...more
Sept. 29, 2017, 1:21 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"In view of the challenges of cultural practices that violate the rights of women and girls in many African communities, a Kenyan Cultural elder from the Njuri Ncheke Meru Community Benjamin Mugambi castigated accomplices to retrogressive practices that continue to entrap vulnerable indigenous communities to continued violations.'It is wrong for families to encourage this kind of practice by paying the “hyenas” to persist the violation. When parents give away their children to be sexually violated then this is a criminal act that is punishable by law and must be fully condemned'"(para 15-16)
Sept. 29, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s Human Rights organization alongside Cultural and religious leaders from African countries currently meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi have condemned in the strongest terms the 'lenient' sentence passed on a man arrested for knowingly sexually violating women and allegedly infecting them with HIV-Aids"(para 1)."On Tuesday evening after the two-year sentence by the Nsanje Principal Resident Magistrate Innocent Nebi upon the 45 year old man Eric Aniva, nicknamed 'Hyena', the Malawi Human Rights Resource Center (MHRRC), the NGO Gender Co-ordination Network and the African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET) are now calling for a review of the ruling by the High Court of Malawi and the Director of Public prosecutions to ...more
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The report highlights a recent case in Lebanon where a 24-year-old man who raped a 12-year-old girl tried to marry her to avoid punishment. Although her parents declined, they have not pushed for his prosecution, and because of the social stigma surrounding rape victims they have betrothed the girl to a relative" (para 19-20).
Sept. 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Last week, a young Dalit woman in the state of Haryana reported being gang raped by a group of men, including some of the same individuals accused of raping her three years ago. Police say those suspects were out on bail awaiting trial for the previous allegations"(para 3)."'Have you heard upper caste girls getting raped in our community? We are poor and powerless. That's why upper caste men rape our girls. They can get away with anything because they have money and power'"(para 7). This statement was made by Jyoti, age 24 (ENB-Coder Comment)."'Our blood and body are the same, but it is the society that divides and discriminates us. ...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"When Schiappa hears anecdotes about French women who blame themselves when they're attacked, 'That's rape culture,' she says. For that to change, men and boys must receive stronger messages about their own behavior, she emphasizes" (para 12). "A watershed moment came in 2011, when former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss Kahn was accused of trying to rape a hotel housekeeper in New York City. Four years later, he was accused of involvement in a prostitution ring. He was not convicted in either case, but his sexually predatory behavior was highly publicized each time. 'All of a sudden, French society realized we had men who were doing bad things to ...more
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"That's how an 18-year-old Noemi felt when she learned that she had no choice but to hand over her baby daughter to the man convicted of assaulting her.Noemi's child was conceived in the assault, and Nebraska's laws on parental rights forced her to agree to court-sanctioned visits between her daughter and her attacker"(para 2-3)."Noemi's story isn't unusual. Across America, there are state laws that don't protect women who became pregnant through rape from being forced to share their children with their rapists"(para 6)."'Increasingly, people are coming out and saying, "This has happened to me,"' said Rebecca O'Conner of RAINN, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (para 10). This is ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In this industrial northern state, you can buy footage of a woman being raped for the price of a cheap meal. Al Jazeera found several videos that appeared to depict rape for sale across the state. They cost from Rs 20 to Rs 200 (30 cents to $3) and are transmitted to a customer's mobile phone in a matter of seconds. The faces of the women are visible in these films. Their voices are clear. The attacks on them are brutal" (para 1-3). "In the village of Saharanpur in western Uttar Pradesh, one man who readily admitted that he frequently purchases pornography - particularly videos of rape - told Al ...more
Sept. 14, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Brazilian teenage girl who says she was brutally gang raped in a Rio de Janeiro slum is speaking out about the attack and the related graphic video that went viral.'If I have to wait for the justice system, they've already shown that nothing is going to happen,' she told CNN affiliate TV Record in the presence of her attorney. 'I am waiting for the justice of God. That might be late but it never fails'"(para 1-2)."In Brasilia, police used pepper spray on protesters who tried to march on the Supreme Court with bouquets of flowers and signs denouncing what they called a 'culture of rape' in Brazil. The scandal ...more
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4

"The laws were built around patriarchal attitudes that link a family’s honor directly to a woman’s chastity; the marriage option is aimed at shielding the victim’s family from ‘the scandal,’ as one victim’s brother put it in an interview" (p 2)
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“She was still a teenager when a pack of young men pulled her into a car, tortured her and gang-raped her. The young woman, now a poised student, endured more than three dozen court appearances, six separate trials and endless legal wrangling” (para 1-2). “Activists, attorneys and officials say that female crime victims still face many barriers in the country’s courts. These include poorly trained doctors, callous police, shoddy forensic practices and the delays that permeate India’s judicial system — delays so disheartening that some victims lose their nerve or settle with attackers’ families” (para 6). “In recent years, India has responded by toughening its rape law and creating fast-track ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“We have heard of men forcing disabled women and girls to have sex with them in exchange for ‘help’ getting food and water” (para 9). “Because women with disabilities rely on those in power, the risks of sexual violence and abuse are greater. When asked to identify perpetrators of violence, most of the women we interviewed named caregivers and family members – followed by security agents. We heard of female students experiencing violence from those charged with helping them. In one case, a student who was supposed to be helping a visually impaired woman to transcribe her notes raped her” (para 11). “When Uhuam went into labour, her family were ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“It is important to note that the language used by girls participating in the study was often euphemistic in nature. Words like ‘assault’ and ‘harassment’ were replaced in favour of terms such as ‘eve-teasing’ (in Delhi) and ‘inappropriate touches’ (in Cairo). This suggests that with these watered-down terms girls might be unwilling to make strong claims against the perpetrators of this harassment. This could be due to a fear of speaking out against them, or a fear of people blaming them for the harassment and saying that they brought it upon themselves, leading to their re-victimisation” (29).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“It is important to note that the language used by girls participating in the study was often euphemistic in nature. Words like ‘assault’ and ‘harassment’ were replaced in favour of terms such as ‘eve-teasing’ (in Delhi) and ‘inappropriate touches’ (in Cairo). This suggests that with these watered-down terms girls might be unwilling to make strong claims against the perpetrators of this harassment. This could be due to a fear of speaking out against them, or a fear of people blaming them for the harassment and saying that they brought it upon themselves, leading to their re-victimisation” (29).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Both the girls and adult women agree that girls in Kampala are faced with a lot of pressure to have sex with boys and men. The Kampala report notes that this was due to an acceptance by society that girls are viewed as sexual objects who should be available for sex whenever they are desired by any man. This perspective is shared by the girls as well, but the women go further to connect it with the prevalence of prostitution, explaining that these attitudes make girls feel that they are only good for sex and they come to see this as a means to generate income for themselves" (32).more
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In a case that has become a glaring example of both impunity for rapists and a lack of women’s reproductive rights in India, a court must decide whether the pregnant girl is entitled to an abortion" (para 2). "The victim’s relatives said she had been harassed by one of the men suspected in the rape. The police have made two arrests in the case" (para 12). "The cases recalled the 2012 rape of a physiotherapy student in Delhi who had boarded a private bus with a male friend after seeing a movie at a mall and was fatally injured during a sexual assault. The death of the woman, who became ...more
Aug. 29, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

“In the healing centers we visited, people were chained. They had a 2-to 4-meter radius to move, defecate and urinate. They were not allowed to bathe. Instead a bucket of water would be thrown on them once a day. We also found evidence of forced seclusion as punishment. … The situation for women was particularly bad. Especially when women are chained or put in isolation, the risk of physical and sexual abuse is very high. In one case a woman told me that a male staff member had touched her vagina that very morning just for fun. She was chained, so she could neither move away nor defend herself, and ...more
Aug. 26, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

“Many [domestic workers] suffer from verbal or sexual abuse” (para 3). “Asma [a domestic worker from Bangladesh] was both sexually and verbally abused … Many other female domestic workers share Asma K.’s story” (para 13).
Aug. 14, 2017, 7:23 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"There was a case in Morocco, a very famous case that got a lot of coverage. I think it was 2012 where a young woman - a 16-year-old girl who was raped - she was pressured to marry the guy who raped her. She was so unhappy that she took rat poison, and she committed suicide" (para 14).