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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 20, 2018, 4 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"According to Vella, the Sicilian prosecutor, violence against Nigerian prostitutes is rarely investigated, because 'the tendency, here in Italy, has been to not look at criminal organizations as long as they’re committing crimes only against non-Italians.' One consequence, he said, is that Nigerian gangs have spent at least fifteen years 'collecting vast sums of money, arming themselves,' and exploiting underage girls with impunity" (para 115).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

"A comprehensive study published in 2014, which investigated the differences between high school boys and girls regarding the use of pornography, sexual experiences, experience of sexual abuse, and perceptions of sexuality, concluded that: . . . A higher proportion of girls (15%) than boys (6%) had experienced sexual abuse" (page 10).
Jan. 16, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Earlier in the day, the city police commissioner, Praveen Sood, said officers had seen images from 45 CCTV cameras and had enough evidence to begin an investigation" (para 4). Since the police are collecting evidence and pushing forward investigations, it appears that they are attempting to enforce laws against assault and rape (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In the United States, where sexual assault on campus continues to be a problem, mandatory consent education has become increasingly common. Databases of sexual assault cases at universities can be easily tracked online, and because of Title IX — a 1972 federal law mandating equal access to higher education — every American educational institution receiving federal funding is required to have a Title IX coordinator, whom victims can contact to report sex discrimination, sexual harassment or violence" (para 15).
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A.N.U. introduced a sexual consent training course for all first-year students this year, said Richard Baker, pro vice chancellor of the university" (para 8). "The Australian Human Rights Commission is also conducting a survey of 39,000 students at 39 Australian universities to map the full extent of the problem" (para 11). "But many students question the universities’ commitment. They say that it is still common for complaints to linger without a university response; for men accused of, say, rating women’s bodies on social media to receive little punishment; and for there to be little coordination at a national level" (para 13). "Last year, in an open letter to Sydney University ...more
Jan. 10, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In early June 2015, officers at Takanawa police station obtained a warrant for Mr. Yamaguchi’s arrest for incapacitated — or what is called 'quasi' — rape. Police planned to arrest him at Narita airport on June 8, but in a highly unusual move, the then chief of criminal investigation at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police canceled the arrest. My case was transferred to that department, where I was asked to settle out of court. Prosecutors filed papers against Mr. Yamaguchi, but in July 2016, they dropped all charges, citing insufficient evidence" (para 13-14). "My coming forward [about my rape] made national news and shocked the public. The backlash hit me hard. ...more
Jan. 9, 2018, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The cultural acceptance of gender-based violence lowers the number of victim reports and legal prosecutions" (para 6). "Furthermore, in most cases, authorities fail to prosecute the guilty party. According to the U.S. Department of State, police and the judicial system in Equatorial Guinea are more likely to treat domestic violence as a private matter to be resolved in the home" (para 6).
Jan. 6, 2018, 8:11 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

"'Many people would think women in Kuwait, as a Gulf country, have less freedom than in Egypt. As a matter of fact it's completely the opposite,' says Sara, who speaks Egyptian Arabic almost perfectly"(1). This statement was made by Sara who lived in Cairo for a year and remarked on the social pressure to wear the hijab as well as the sexual and verbal harassment on the street regardless of whether she was wearing the hijab or not (ENB-Coder Comment)."Sara wore the veil for five years. But the headscarf gave her little respite throughout the remainder of her time in Cairo, and she took it off following her departure. 'It ...more
Jan. 6, 2018, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Sara had visited Cairo beforehand. But when she began living there in 2001, she says, she experienced the predicament of being a woman in the huge city, both with and without the hijab.'Getting groped or touched by sexual harassers would happen on average once a month,' recalls Sara, the daughter of an Egyptian mother and a Moroccan father who was born and raised in Kuwait"(1)."'Sexual harassment could be the reason why a girl would wear the veil in Egypt, even today, I believe. I have visited Cairo several times in recent years and I see that sexual harassment is rampant'"(2). This statement was made by Sara who is from Kuwait ...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, with prison terms of five to 10 years, or eight to 10 years under aggravating circumstances, such as use of a weapon. The government generally implemented criminal aspects of the law better than protection aspects of the law"(16)."NGOs reported that many women were reluctant to report rapes due to fear of retaliation, inadequate response, and social stigma"(16)."The law prohibits sexual harassment in cases of established employer-employee relations in the public and private sectors and in teacherstudent relations. Violators face a maximum three-year prison sentence. The extent of the problem was difficult to determine, because convictions for sexual harassment were rare, and pre-employment sexual ...more
Dec. 22, 2017, 6:58 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Amira Merabet, a 34-year-old woman, was burned alive in the Eastern Algerian town of El Khroub in August. Her crime: refusing a man’s advances" (para 1).
Dec. 22, 2017, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Algerian revolution that followed, and the violence against women it entailed (arrest, torture, rape and murder) undoubtedly contributed to wider recognition of women’s involvement in the anti-colonial struggle" (para 15). "Unionist Fatma Mezrag said in 1959 in Lille, a working class town in the north of France, that fighting colonialism would not be enough to liberate Algerian women. She said men had to address their selfishness, lust and oppression" (para 23).
Dec. 20, 2017, 7:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Saudi women found an innovative way to break their silence and expose stories of harassment, rape and physical abuse they face often on a daily basis" (para 1). "Along with sexual harassment, physical and verbal abuse takes place daily, according to some women" (para 5). 'Statistics released in 2016 show the continuous exposure of a large number of Saudi women to violence, despite a domestic violence awareness campaign launched in 2013 and a subsequent law criminalizing domestic abuse" (para 7). "The study also reported that 36 percent of the women expressed their acceptance of violence against them in case of misbehavior. Social media confirm that abuse is commonplace" (para 11).more
Dec. 14, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

At 15:53 of the video the narrator says "The night before we met Brishti, she was molested by the man living in the room next to hers. The neighbours blamed her for the attack. She had to leave the compound that morning.The problem on that day was that man called me, so I went to him, but I never thought that he had that in mind. That was the problem, then neighbors saw that and got suspicious. That’s when aunty brought me here and let me stay at her house" (ENB-Coder Comment)
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Her new husband raped her on a daily basis, she says, and she endured torture and beatings from his family. She has lived in such captivity for 24 years" (para 3).
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Little is known about sexual abuse against Sunni Arab women living under ISIS rule" (para 3). "In January 2017, Human Rights Watch interviewed four women who said they had been detained by ISIS in 2016, for periods between three days and a month. Another woman said an ISIS fighter, her cousin, forced her to marry him and then raped her" (para 4). "One woman said that in April 2016, she tried to escape Hawija with her three children and a large group of other families. ISIS fighters captured the group and held 50 of the women from the group in an abandoned house. The woman said that over the next ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In contrast with earlier women’s rights activism, the main objective of the 2012 anti-PSV work done by groups, such as Basma, Anti-Harassment Movement and Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH), was not legal change. While activists took pride in 2014 amendments to the penal code on harassment, a major short-term goal was to physically intervene to prevent instances of PSV — that is, until President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi’s crackdown on activism in public spaces rendered this impossible. The long-term objective remains changing the norms used to justify PSV" (para 4). " This coverage has helped to spread and normalize two arguments central to anti-PSV activism: that perpetrators are engaging in an unacceptable, ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A gangrape case in Pakistan has been allegedly settled for 1,200kg of wheat by local elders, highlighting the grave travesty of justice in the country" (para 1).
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:43 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A year ago, the Kenyan government finally announced a fund to help survivors of the widespread violence in 2007 and 2008 tied to the disputed presidential election. It was the first sign of hope for the hundreds of women who were brutally raped during that conflict and are still suffering the consequences. But a year has passed, and the government has neither provided any specifics about how the money will be used nor whether the rape victims will be included" (para 1-2)."Kenya’s initiative to provide reparations could be a crucial opportunity for rape and sexual violence victims, if they and their needs are properly recognized and reparations are made in ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Crimes like rape are handled with great sensitivity and various measures have been taken by Delhi Police for the safety of women in the city. Emphasis is given to ensure that all cases of crime against women are investigated by women officers" (para 6). Rape is considered a crime, as indicated by this statement, and there are attempts to enforce this law (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday expressed deep alarm at an apparent widespread pattern of rallies in several provinces across Burundi where young men from the Imbonerakure militia repeatedly chant a call to impregnate or kill opponents" (para 1). "On 1 April this year in the northern province of Kayanza, around 2,500 Imbonerakure reportedly marched from Kayanza football stadium along the main road chanting similar slogans, inciting rape and violence against opponents...On 8 April, following the inauguration of a CNDD-FDD party office in the eastern province of Ruyigi, about 200 people, including Imbonerakure, also began chanting for the rape of opponents so that more ...more
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"On Twitter, hundreds of critical tweets poured in under the hashtags #BosanmaKomisyonu (Divorce Commission) and #DevletTecavuzcuyleEvlendiriyor (State Forces Marriage with Rapists)" (para 2) (Coder Comment: Since the commission absolves perpetrators of charges if they marry their victims, this validates and perpetuates rape - ARR). "This is the most mind-boggling section of the report. It establishes the legal age of marriage as 15, not 18, and considers those younger than 15 to be minors. So if these minors are engaged in sex with adults and if they decide to get married then there will be no charge of pedophilia. Rather, the marriage will be observed for five years and if there ...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 6:26 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A woman's body and sexual organs are shrouded in sanctity, and rape is considered a heinous, socially unacceptable act" (para 11).
Nov. 27, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"However, when rape is carried out by a stranger, it is widely reflected in media and the entire population demands the most severe form of punishment for the violator" (para 6). "In Iran, as may be the case in other countries, when a woman encounters such harassment, she is victimised and blamed for it happening" (para 7). "Idiomatic expressions and terminologies that are prevalent in Persian language encourage men to convey violence against women" (para 16).
Nov. 27, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Activists argue that the age of consent should be set at 15 as they waved placards that read 'for him impunity, for her a life sentence' in reference to a 30-year-old man recently being cleared of raping an 11-year-old" (para 2). "It comes after French courts refused on two occasions recently to prosecute grown men for rape after they had sex with 11-year-olds because authorities couldn't prove coercion" (para 7). "A jury last week acquitted a 30-year-old man who was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in 2009, French media reported. The jury in the Paris suburb region of Seine-et-Marne found that while there had been a sexual relationship between ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Speaking about the survey, ActionAid India executive director Sandeep Chachra said, 'Cross country findings suggest immediate action is needed to curb harassment and violence against women. While awareness on rights of women, women's abilities and potential has increased over decades, we are still a long way off from realizing the promise of a just and equal world for half of our humanity. Threats to safety of women are directly related to patriarchal mindsets that manifest itself on streets, at the workplace and at homes.'" (para 4).
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).