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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 1, 2021, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Kay Martin, 49, had suffered at least 12 incidents of domestic abuse in the last seven years and had most recently made a complaint of rape and domestic assault against husband Alan” (para. 30). “Officers from Northumbria Police returned Alan Martin's keys to their home after they questioned him about the alleged rape” (para. 31).
Jan. 1, 2021, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Egyptian women and girls who for decades have endured sexual harassment and abuse in silence are now raising their voices en masse to demand justice and reform of Egypt's sexual harassment laws” (para. 1). “Defying the stigma associated with sexual violence, thousands of Egyptian women and girls are joining a rising call for harassers and rapists to be held accountable for their misdeeds. The Arabic hashtags "Listen to the voice of Egyptian women" and "Where is justice for Egyptian women" have gone viral on Egyptian social media platforms after multiple allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape surfaced against a purported “serial harasser” named Ahmed Bassam Zaki” (para. 2). “In...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"So common are the practices of abduction, rape and forced marriage of girls in northern Tanzania that a single word is used to encapsulate them all: kupura. It is a word used by people from the Sukuma tribe to describe the snatching of girls in broad daylight as they walk to school; a three-syllabled euphemism that downplays their long-term physical and sexual abuse. And yet here in the region of Shinyanga, the practice of kupura is validated by the oft-recited motto of Sukuma men: alcohol, meat and vagina. 'This slogan is in their blood and a way of life,' says Revocatus Itendelebanya. 'These are the three things they feel entitled...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A case was filed and investigations began after her husband made repeated visits to the police. ... First, the authorities destroyed the evidence and later, they started questioning the character of the victim by narrating shady stories of “used condoms” being found at her compound. Her case was also dismissed on the grounds that the victim failed to produce four witnesses of the incident. Her case increased tensions between the Baluch nationalist tribes and the Pak Army as the tribes took the incident as an attack on their honour. Dr. Khalid was kept under a house arrest in Karachi for several weeks. Eventually, she was flown out of the country...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"'We are tired of being abused, killed and raped, all because we are accused of witchcraft. When we were younger used to look good now we are getting old and wrinkled we are getting accused of witchcraft,' says a resident, Mamasoka Sibuta." (para 3)
Dec. 24, 2020, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Disturbing footage has emerged of a distressed woman trapped by a crowd of men and allegedly being sexually assaulted during New Year's Eve celebrations in Egypt" (para 1). "In Egypt, unwanted sexual contact is punished with a minimum of one year in prison and a fine, although there is speculation about how well the laws are enforced" (para 14).
Dec. 24, 2020, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A 5-year-old girl in southern Pakistan was raped, hit on the head and set on fire. Five days later, a woman in the country’s east was dragged from her car and sexually assaulted on a highway in front of her children" (para 1). "Ms. Aziz said that most of the child rape and abuse victims come from small towns or villages, and their cases do not usually catch fire on social media. Officials generally do not visit them either, she said, and perpetrators are often quietly released after public outrage has subsided — lending a sense of impunity after the crimes" (para 7). "The police have arrested more than 20...more
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"It was also a double tragedy for the girl … as in most circumstances, it was not a consensual sex but some sort of abuse by some predator older than her. So, she has been traumatised and raped then she is further traumatised by being kicked out of school" (para 9).
Dec. 24, 2020, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In recent weeks, women living under Isis control have been seized from their homes and raped. They have been ordered to cover themselves fully and stay in the house" (para 2).
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual harassment and being blamed for that causes continuous fear" (para 32). "Girls/women experience wide variety of violence; it could be physical ranging from slapping to burning; verbal such as taunting, use of bad language; mental like threats of divorce and actual divorce; and sexual in the form of rape and incest" (para 36). "Sexual abuse is on the rise" (para 47).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Two years ago, on New Year’s Eve, a girl was molested on the streets of Delhi in front of a crowd. The video went viral—as did the spectacle of a mob of men falling upon the woman and the police thrashing the rabid mob with lathis (batons) like a pack of dogs" (para 1). "The police fished the trembling girl out of the mass of bodies, sheltering her with their own bodies and swinging their batons to drive away the men circling around, still intent on her" (para 2). "Another incident in Mangalore saw a birthday party in a private farmhouse encroached on by members of a right-wing group called...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Libyan women are fighting for formal comprehensive investigations and justice for victims of sexual violence perpetrated within the Qadhafi regime, during the revolution and in the transitional period" (1). If they are having to fight for investigations, then the laws are likely not being enforced (CAT - CODER COMMENT). "Iman al-Obeidi, the young woman who broke her story of alleged gang rape by Qadhafi soldiers to the world press in March, 2011, was the first to draw attention to the issue" (3). "Susan Rice, then US Ambassador to the UN, also made an unsubstantiated allegation that Qadhafi was giving his troops Viagra to encourage mass rape" (3). "At least in...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In December 2012, a violent gang rape in Delhi took the life of a young woman and set off a raging debate over women’s freedoms and rape laws" (para 6).
Dec. 18, 2020, 7:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“While 85 per cent of reported rapes in 2018 led to charges, only 27 per cent led to a conviction, according to government figures. In 2017, around 30 per cent of reported victims were children” (para. 13).
Dec. 17, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“The new punishment comes in response to the brutal gang rape and murder in April of a 14-year-old girl on her way home on the island of Sumatra. Seven teenage boys were each sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crime, which prompted national outrage and revived previous calls for chemical castration as a punishment against child sex offenders” (para. 2).
Dec. 9, 2020, 11:21 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Local villagers heard [the grandmother’s] cries and rushed to rescue her, handing over the rapist to the police” (para 8). “He told NPR he thinks sexual violence would be reduced if ‘we can chip away at age-old patriarchal values’ and look at 'the spectrum of violence' including things like catcalling” (para 21).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Her battered body was found three days later in woods, tied up and naked. Seven teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were jailed soon after for their part in the incident” (para 5). “The Indonesian Doctors Association said chemical castration would do nothing to prevent child rape and barred its members from administering it” (para 14). “Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Yembise said doctors would still have to perform the procedure if a court ordered them to” (para 17).
Dec. 7, 2020, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“The lawyer of a 27-year-old man who has been cleared of rape, argued that the trial should consider whether the young woman's clothing and lace thong meant she had consented to sex” (para 2). “Rape Crisis Network said that a maximum of ten per cent of rapes were reported, and one in 40 of these cases the rapists were brought to an appropriate level of justice, Ms Coppinger added” (para 9).
Dec. 5, 2020, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Five men who gang-raped a 15-year-old girl have today been sentenced to death in Bangladesh, just days after the country approved capital punishment for rape cases” (para 1). “‘All five were found guilty and have been sentenced to death,’ Ahmed told AFP. It marks the first conviction since the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this week introduced the death penalty for rape” (para 4-5). “Last week demonstrations broke out across the country after harrowing footage of a group of men stripping and attacking a woman went viral on social media” (para 7). “In Bangladesh, only around three percent of rape cases end in convictions” (para 11).
Dec. 5, 2020, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“A UN report in 2016 recorded 803 rape cases the previous year in the country of 4.5 million, and found that only two percent of sexual violence cases led to a conviction, for example. It was the resulting sense of impunity and the legacy of the 14-year civil war between 1989 and 2003, when rape was commonplace, that had created the current problem, it said” (para 10-11).
Nov. 30, 2020, 11:28 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2

"There is a culturally-rooted reluctance to acknowledge gender-based violence. Fear of reprisals from perpetrators and their families, shame, trauma and cultural taboos all prevent women from discussing their experience of violence, particularly sexual assault... Some cultural traditions require a married victim to pay 'compensation' to her husband’s family because of the shame brought on the family" (17).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“The current law carries a maximum penalty of 15 years, and very few cases have been prosecuted” (para 4).
Oct. 9, 2020, 8:33 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Critics said it would legitimise statutory rape and encourage the practice of taking child brides" (para 16).
Oct. 5, 2020, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In July, Wang Zhenhua, a prominent businessman and philanthropist, was detained by the police as they investigated a child molestation incident that injured a 9-year-old girl. Government censors initially blocked online discussions and media reporting of the case, leading to an online uproar. Also, in July, a court in Chengdu ruled in a case of alleged sexual harassment in favor of the plaintiff, making the first ruling since the #MeToo movement gathered momentum in China" (para 41).
Oct. 3, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1

“O’Keeffe v. Ireland (28 January 2014 (Grand Chamber)): This case concerned the question of the responsibility of the State for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. The applicant complained in particular that the Irish State had failed both to structure the primary education system so as to protect her from abuse as well as to investigate or provide an appropriate judicial response to her ill-treatment. She also claimed that she had not been able to obtain recognition of, and compensation for, the State’s failure to protect her. The Court held that there had been a violation of...more
Oct. 1, 2020, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape conviction rates in Sweden have risen 75% in two years following a major change in the law, spurring calls on for other countries to revamp their legislation" (para 1). "The National Council on Crime Prevention (Bra) said the rise in convictions—up from 190 in 2017 to 333 in 2019—showed the change had had a greater impact than expected. 'We were surprised there was such an increase,' Bra senior researcher Stina Holmberg said on Monday. 'It's a good sign. This has led to greater justice for victims of rape,' she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding that she hoped the law would encourage discussions on the issue of consent in...more
Sept. 29, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The council's group of experts on action against violence against women and domestic violence 'strongly encouraged' swift action in its first report on the country" (para 3). "The problem with this approach is that it does not fully capture the realities of women experiencing sexual violence and how they respond to threat (ie flight, fight, freeze, flop or befriend)'" (para 5). "In response to a series of high-profile cases where lax penalties imposed on offenders caused an outcry, the Finnish ministry of justice has recently established a working group to recommend on required reforms by the end of May 2020" (para 7). "Calls for change were amplified last year when...more
Sept. 27, 2020, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In June, the Supreme Court convicted five men for the gang rape of a woman in Pamplona in 2016, overruling a lower court's 2018 conviction of the men on lesser charges, and sentenced them to 15 years' imprisonment. In November, a Barcelona court convicted a different group of men on lesser charges of abuse, rather than rape, because no violence or intimidation had been used because the 14-year-old victim was unconscious" (para 5).
Sept. 26, 2020, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-3, LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-3, LRW-DATA-1

“X and Y v. the Netherlands (no. 8978/80) (26 March 1985): A girl with a mental handicap (the second applicant) was raped, in the home for children with mental disabilities where she lived, the day after her sixteenth birthday (which was the age of consent for sexual intercourse in the Netherlands) by a relative of the person in charge. She was traumatised by the experience but deemed unfit to sign an official complaint given her low mental age. Her father (the first applicant) signed in her place, but proceedings were not brought against the perpetrator because the girl had to make the complaint herself. The domestic courts recognised that there...more
Sept. 26, 2020, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-PRACTICE-2, LO-PRACTICE-1, ADCM-PRACTICE-1, ADCM-LAW-1

“E.S. and Others v. Slovakia (application no. 8227/04) (15 September 2009): In 2001 the applicant left her husband and lodged a criminal complaint against him for ill-treating her and her children and sexually abusing one of their daughters. He was convicted of violence and sexual abuse two years later. Her request for her husband to be ordered to leave their home was dismissed, however, the court finding that it did not have the power to restrict her husband’s access to the property (she could only end the tenancy when divorced). The applicant and her children were therefore forced to move away from their friends and family. The Court found that...more