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Jan. 19, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Luo, now in her mid-30s, recalls bursting into tears at the unwanted advance; her teacher, who denies the claims, withdrew but later touched her hand as he implored her to keep quiet. 'I was too terrified to speak,' she remembers" (para 2). "But while the Weinstein effect has swept across the Americas, Europe and other parts of Asia, there has been near silence in China’s authoritarian mainland [about sexual harassment and assault]. 'Some women have come out … [but] what’s really striking is how few,' says Leta Hong Fincher, an expert in China’s feminist movement, who argues Communist party censorship is the culprit" (para 4-5). "Huang Xueqin, a Guangzhou-based journalist ...more
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-2

"A January report by the advocacy group End Rape on Campus Australia found that universities had frequently failed to support victims of sexual assault and harassment. In some cases, the report said, they actively sought to cover up sexual assaults to avoid reputational damage" (para 6). "Sydney University recently set up a rape hotline and improved training for staff, said Tyrone Carlin, deputy vice chancellor" (para 10). "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 ...more
Jan. 10, 2018, 4:46 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Rape survivors also suffer the stigma and shame of the rape with many indicating that their husbands had left them, blaming them for the rape. They are also ostracized by the community resulting in deep trauma" (para 6).
Jan. 10, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In late May, at a press conference in the Tokyo District Court, I went public about being raped. In Japan, it's unthinkable for a woman to do this" (para 1-2). "As I went through the ensuing criminal case proceedings, I came to realize how Japan’s system works to undermine survivors of sexual assault. The investigation was scuttled throughout. This was, I and others suspect, partly due to political pressure, but also because of a medical, investigative, legal and, ultimately, social system that marginalizes and fails victims of sex crimes. I’ve had to fight every step of the way" (para 4-5). "From the medical professionals to the police, I encountered a ...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-2

"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)."There is a lack of shelters for victims of domestic abuse. The government, through the National Institute for Women Affairs (INAMU), operated a shelter in Panama City for victims of domestic abuse and offered social, psychological, medical, and legal services. During the year INAMU reopened its shelter ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"Many Tunisian women face practical challenges in bringing their cases to court due to patriarchal social norms and economic constraints" (para 6).
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"Many Moroccan women face practical obstacles in seeking protection from domestic violence due to patriarchal norms and financial constraints" (para 11).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"[Delhi Police] formed a squad of plainclothes officers called 'police mitras' (friends of the police) — comprising farmers, homemakers and former Army men — to assist them in the prevention and detection of crime and maintenance of law and order. In another scheme, police chiefs launched their own version of 'Charlie’s Angels' — a specially trained squad of crime-fighting, butt-kicking constables in white kimonos who take on sexual predators across the country. The 40-member women’s squad trained in martial arts guards “vulnerable” landmarks in the city such as schools and metro stations, while undercover as regular citizens" (para 1-2). These initiatives by police are fighting against not only sexual crimes, ...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. 13, 2017, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Experts from four international organizations, including two medical organizations, working with survivors of sexual assault in northern Iraq told Human Rights Watch it is difficult to assess the prevalence of ISIS’ gender-based violence against women who have fled territory under their control. They said that victims and their families remain silent to avoid stigmatization and harm to the woman or girl’s reputation" (para 6). "One foreign aid worker said she had seen cases mostly of forced marriage and rape, but she believed that very few of the victims in the displaced communities she works with have come forward. She said some women try to hide the incident from their own ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In 2012, young Egyptian female and male activists launched a number of groups dedicated to ending public sexual violence, or PSV. They sought to end sexual harassment — ranging from catcalls to groping women’s bodies — on the street and in public transit, and to stop mass sexual assault on major shopping boulevards during the Eid holidays or political protests, when groups of men grabbed and stripped women, and in some cases raped them with sharp objects" (para 1).
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"However, the Union Home Ministry maintained that Delhi Police, as a conscious policy of 'truthful reporting', is registering complaints in the recent years with an objective that no crime, especially crime against the vulnerable groups, including women, goes unreported" (para 4). "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). The focus on women officers investigating rape indicates a desire in law enforcement to remove taboos against reporting rape/sexual assault (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 2, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"As Afghanistan slides back into chaos, with a resurgent Taliban and dwindling international aid, many fear that the country’s women’s shelters could be forced to close, leaving those who rely on them at the mercy of an often harshly conservative society" (para 1). "Nearly 30 shelters across the country — a legacy of the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban — provide food, refuge and education for women abused by their husbands or male relatives" (para 2). "The shelters also offer safety to women at risk of so-called honor killings, or of being sold into marriage to repay debts, a still-common practice" (para 3). "There are men who mistreat ...more
Nov. 27, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Following the announcement of such low statistics of sexual violence, Dr Ghazi Tabatabai added that in light of essential normative, conventional and sharia standards in Iranian culture and society, figuratively speaking, the low number can be due to self-censorship and propriety" (para 17).
Nov. 10, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Ghida Anani, the founder and director of Abaad, a women’s rights group in Lebanon told The Times the repeal was 'the first step to changing the mind-set and traditions.For us it’s the start,'Anani said. 'Now the awareness and behavioral campaign will start to make women aware that it’s no longer an option: He cannot escape punishment.' Abaad’s campaign tactics included erecting billboards that showed women wearing bloodied bridal gowns captioned with 'A white dress doesn’t cover up rape.' The group also hung soiled dresses along the Corniche, Beirut’s famous seaside promenade" (p 3-5)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The 2015 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, and the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013. The KINU white paper found that, in some cases of live birth, the prison guards killed the infant or left the baby to die, and reported cases of guards sexually abusing or exploiting female prisoners"(2-3)."Anecdotal reports from the NGO Database Center for North Korean Human Rights and the UN 2014 COI report stated that in some ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Ms. Al-Otaibi had tried to report her abusive brother to the police last year, but her family countered with a complaint of disobedience, an offense for women under Saudi law, for which she was briefly jailed and then returned to her family" (para 8).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"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, 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. 17, 2017, 7:05 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"One male vendor from Durban said that abuse was 'specifically targeting female traders'...Another in the same focus group continued: 'There is abuse here on the streets especially towards women traders. They do not report these actions because they are afraid. We are dealing with a case of a woman who has been sexually abused for many years and she kept quiet about it because she was afraid. The sad part is that this has been going on for many years making her life unbearable'" (24).
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"One morning, an Afghan man entered her room [in the refugee camp] and attempted to rape her. She managed to fight him off and did not report the incident to the police or shelter staff" (para 11). "Despite the multiple accounts of sexual harassment and abuse, the Regional Office of Refugee Affairs (LAF) is confident there is no significant problem. 'After countless conversations with shelter managers, I can assure you that there is no unusual occurrence [of sexualised violence] reported from emergency or community shelters,' Sascha Langenbach, LAF’s spokesman, wrote in an email. His perception is backed up by very low numbers of police reports. In all of 2016, Berlin ...more
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Women and providers also identified a lack of outreach by providers; stigma surrounding mental health problems and rape; and a lack of knowledge about and understanding of services as barriers to care" (para 44).
Sept. 29, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"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 [two years] passed on a man arrested for knowingly sexually violating women and allegedly infecting them with HIV-Aids"(para 1).A later point in the article estimates that the number of women violated was around 104 (ENB-Coder Comment)."In a recent revelation in a BBC documentary that sparked wide condemnations in the region and in sections of the International media, Eric Aniva admitted to being HIV positive and being paid by parents to perform the traditional ritual of having sex with around 104 young girls in a ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"According to India's National Crime Records Bureau, more than four Dalit women are raped every day in India. The NRCB's 2014 statistics say crime against Dalits rose 19%. In many of the cases, these crimes are committed by upper caste perpetrators"(para 2)."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 ...more
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"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-2

"'They make [videos] to blackmail the victims [of rape] ... so that they don't go and file a complaint in the nearest police station,' Shawnawaz explained" (para 7). "After she was raped in her village in March 2015, Shikha endured 'shaming' by her classmates and had to drop out of school" (para 38).