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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-1

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).
Aug. 9, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Georgian culture remains highly patriarchal, both inside and outside the home. And the 2013 gender relations study also reported that only 3.7 per cent of Georgians, both male and female, fully disagreed with the statements, 'men have the last say in the family' and 'women should endure verbal abuse to maintain the integrity of the family.' Too often, this endorsement of men’s dominance and women’s silent suffering extends to physical and sexual gender-based violence as well"(para 7-8)
Aug. 9, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A 10-year-old girl, brutally raped, confronts her attacker in court. The culprit -- a cleric -- tries to pass it off as "consensual sex." A judge sentences him to 20 years and some $30,000 in fines" (para 1-3). "Amin was prosecuted under the Elimination of Violence against Women law, passed in 2009. While the law has been on the books for the past few years, it had not been strongly implemented, Najia Nasim, country director for WAW, told CNN from Kabul" (para 18-19).
Aug. 7, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"As many as 850 leaders of churches and mosques, including imam, priests, monks, and pastoral workers are expected to attend preparation courses that will allow them to engage more effectively and lead the fight against 'genital mutilation, early marriage, kidnapping and sexual abuse'" (para 5).
Aug. 7, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"What should we do with the anger inspired by Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer who was sentenced to just six months in jail for sexual assault? A movement to recall the judge who ordered that sentence, Aaron Persky, continues to gain support, with a celebrity-studded fund-raiser this month"(para 1-2)."In California, legislators have proposed several bills meant to prevent short sentences for sexual assaults, including one that would require a mandatory-minimum term for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated or unconscious person"(para 3)."Because criminal laws are written expansively, mandatory minimums shift sentencing power from judges to prosecutors, who can effectively choose the sentence when they decide which of a ...more
July 8, 2017, 9 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"the international commission found Mexico’s efforts to investigate the abuse [in which police sexually assaulted 11 women] insufficient so far. Instead, it demanded a much more thorough inquiry to uncover responsibility across the entire chain of command, which would most likely make Mr. Peña Nieto part of the investigation because he ordered the crackdown. It also called for disciplinary or criminal action against any authorities who contributed to the denial of justice for the women" (p 9-10)
July 8, 2017, 9 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"International human rights officials are demanding an investigation into the brutal sexual assaults of 11 Mexican women during protests a decade ago — an inquiry that would take aim at President Enrique Peña Nieto, who was the governor in charge at the time of the attacks. The demand is part of a multiyear examination by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights into abuses during a 2006 crackdown ordered by Mr. Peña Nieto on San Salvador Atenco, a town in Mexico State where demonstrators had taken over the central square. During the operations, which left two dead, more than 40 women were violently detained by the police, packed onto buses and ...more
July 7, 2017, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, IIP-PRACTICE-2

¨Most prominently it (sexism in politics) surfaced in the United States last year, when Donald J. Trump was elected president despite a leaked tape in which he bragged about grabbing women¨(para 13)
July 7, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1

¨Ms. Colau entered politics after working as an activist fighting housing evictions. She said that she had suffered far worse attacks as an activist than as mayor, including sexual harassment.She never reported them to the police because, she said, ´like a lot of other women, I wasn’t confident that it could be resolved judicially — and also because of the social stigma´¨(para 25-26)
July 5, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

¨´People say sexism is not an issue anymore. But when a man who has admitted publicly to sexually harassing women is the leader of the free world, it is more crucial than ever to have laws that protect women´¨(para 8)
July 5, 2017, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Alia Awada, advocacy and campaign manager for ABAAD [said] 'The starting point is convincing people that rape is a crime, like any other crime. We have to encourage people to believe that there is a clear difference between rape and what we as a society consider a woman’s honor. There is a difference between losing your virginity and being raped'" (p 14). If ABAAD must convince people of these things, then rape culture must be widespread (RNP-CODER COMMENT)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"the media often depicts women and girls in a stereotypical manner, including as sex objects;...stereotypes continue to be the root causes of sexual violence against women, and pornography, video games and animation products such as manga promote sexual violence against women and girls" (5)
June 13, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"[Liz Luras’s] date to the Marine Corps ball raped her, and her ‘battle buddy,’ a partner assigned by the military, reported the assault to superiors. The rape set off a series of events – including physical hazing, sexual harassment and two more rapes – that led ultimately to Liz being forced out of the military career she loved. Despite being honorably discharged, she was unfairly labeled as having a ‘Personality Disorder’ or PD in her discharge papers – although she was never diagnosed by a doctor and showed no signs of PD in her pre-army screening. Because of this black mark on her record, when she applied for law enforcement ...more
June 7, 2017, 1:57 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"There is no minimum age for marriage in Yemen. In the 1990s, a law setting the age at 15 was repealed by parliament under pressure from Muslim conservatives, who argued that Sharia law does not prohibit child marriage and that attempts to curb the practice were a Western plot. While the Ministry of Justice has issued a directive against marriages of girls under 18, it is often disregarded by judges. Sexual intercourse before the girl reaches puberty is banned, but the law is almost impossible to enforce. Human rights groups have documented cases of prepubescent girls bleeding to death from being raped by their husbands" (p 14-15)more
May 5, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs and rape victims criticized police for sometimes failing to enforce the law effectively and for often failing to communicate appropriately with rape victims" (17). "Reports published by the Office of the Public Defender of Rights during the year and in 2013 found that juvenile offenders at educational rehabilitation centers regularly endured hunger and were subjected to degrading treatment, including compulsory gynecological examinations of girls after their trips outside the facility. The reports also found substandard levels of education at the centers" (19-20).
May 1, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government enforced the law against rape, which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years and the possibility of caning for offenders. Under the law only a man can commit rape" (20).
April 21, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law in all parts of the kingdom criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence...Authorities effectively prosecuted such crimes" (12).
April 6, 2017, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The law specifically criminalizes rape but does not recognize spousal rape as a distinct crime. The government enforced the law...When police receive a report of rape, they are required to open an investigation" (15).
March 24, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, and provides a penalty of two to 15 years in prison for violations. The government effectively enforced these provisions. Although experts still considered rape underreported, they noted an upward trend in the number of rape convictions. They attributed this trend to improved police training, public awareness campaigns, and greater interaction between police and NGOs" (14).