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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-3

Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Collaboration between government agencies has been strengthened and attention has been drawn to the risk of violence in particularly vulnerable situations such as exposure to honour-related violence and oppression, violence against women with disabilities and women substance abusers" (page 11-12). "Since the start of the century the Government has taken a range of measures to counter honour-related violence and oppression as well as child marriages and forced marriages. Much of the work on various measures builds on cooperation between county administrative boards, municipalities and civil society organisations. Several agencies have had commissions to chart the prevalence of honour-related violence and oppression. In 2008 the former National Board for Youth Affairs ...more
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4

"The Committee notes the information concerning the legal reform being carried out in the State party. Nevertheless, it remains concerned about the continued existence of articles 97 to 99, 308 and 340 of the Criminal Code, which exempt rapists from criminal liability if they marry the victim for at least five years, and provide for reduced sentences in certain circumstances for perpetrators of crimes committed in the name of so-called 'honour'" (Pg 9).
Jan. 24, 2018, 7:03 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

“The Jordanian parliament voted on Tuesday to abolish a provision in the penal code that allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims - a move that is being hailed as ‘historic’ by activists and locals” (p 1)
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her. 'It was forced on me,' she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating-so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding" (para 1-2). "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 many girls of a similar age ...more
Dec. 14, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

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). At 16:29 of the video a woman interviewed says "Boys in Dhaka, they harass girls more, if they ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:43 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Some women lost everything, and now cannot work or go to the market because of pain and sickness from the rape. They told me they are too traumatized to sleep at night and think every day about killing themselves. Their husbands beat them and blame them for the rapes or have chased them away. And some struggle daily to raise children born from the rapes" (para 13).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"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: this is a reaction to the provisions in the divorce commission absolving perpetrators of guilt if they marry their rape victims - 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 ...more
Dec. 2, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"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" (2).
Nov. 30, 2017, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The father’s the man who wanted to marry me after he raped me" (para 6). "'But it is difficult to stem the phenomenon, says the coordinator of the Liège platform on forced marriages and honor-related violence. 'I have very very few victims who will file a complaint, or expect anything from the law.' she points out. 'There are virtually no figures for forced marriages and honor-related violence because people don’t file complaints. They are afraid to hurt their families, they are afraid of having their parents sent to prison, to be responsible for the financial collapse of their families, to see their brother or sister put in foster care,' says ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4, MARR-LAW-1

"Under sustained pressure from Arab women’s groups, Lebanon has followed in the footsteps of Jordan and other Arab countries in repealing a law that gives rapists amnesty from prosecution if they marry their victims" (p 1)
Nov. 6, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry Johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her. 'It was forced on me,' she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating — so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding" (para 1-2). "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 ...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. 11, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The Joint Action Group on Gender Equality, a coalition of Malaysian non-governmental organisations, has raised particular concern about situations in which rape victims have been forced to marry the rapist or another man to hush up the crime" (para 19).
Sept. 22, 2017, 7:39 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Activists and even the government argue that the rule is often abused, particularly in poor, rural areas, where shamed families marry off their daughters to their alleged rapists so they will not be forced to bring up the child alone" (para 3).
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)
Sept. 1, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“The Voice of the Amazigh Woman cites the 2012 case of a 16 year-old girl Amina Filali, who drank rat poison and died after being forced to marry and live for several months with the man who raped her” (para 21).
Aug. 9, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"There was also concern, when this case surfaced, about honor killings, she said" (para 23).
July 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"'Through this campaign, we want the repeal of Article 522, to emphasize that rape is a crime and as such must be punished, and to insist on the fact that it is the right of every woman to refuse to marry her rapist and that it is necessary to put an end to the stigmatization. Some women are actually forced by their family to marry their rapist for a question of honor'" (para 4).
June 11, 2017, 12:01 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"‘Some of my colleagues were stuck in an old-school way of thinking: A girl gets pregnant, she needs to get married,’ said Maryland Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, who introduced the bill to end child marriage in her state. Only nine states still allow pregnancy exceptions to the marriage age, as such exceptions have been used to cover up rape and to force girls to marry their rapists" (p 18-19)
May 30, 2017, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"It happens that when a Cambodian girl is raped and the aggressor is known, the family of the victim, ashamed by the impurity of their daughter, proposes marriage to the rapist" (para 17)
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"In previous years rape survivors who could not meet high evidentiary standards could face charges of adultery" (24).
March 21, 2017, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"When pedophilia and sexual harassment were reported, police typically blamed victims" (12).
March 9, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"[Recommendation:] pass and implement the Draft Law on Violence Against Women; ensuring that reported cases of rape, and abuses of power by public sector and other humanitarian workers are held responsible, and, conversely, that women and girls engaging in survival sex are not punished" (4). This recommendation indicates that women are currently being punished for reporting sexual violence (KH- CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 31, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"In 2008, an Australian woman said she was jailed for eight months after reporting she was gang-raped at a hotel in the United Arab Emirates. In 2013, a Norwegian woman who reported being raped in Dubai received a 16-month sentence for having sex outside of marriage, though she was pardoned and allowed to leave the country" (para 21-22).
Jan. 30, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Communities sometimes compelled rape victims to marry their attackers" (17).
Jan. 27, 2017, 1:18 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"A Dutch tourist who told Qatari police she had been drugged and raped in March has been given a suspended jail sentence for adultery. The 22-year-old woman, known only as Laura, was also fined 3,000 Qatari riyals (£582) and told she would be deported after she had paid the fine" (para 1-2). "Laura was arrested after reporting the attack and was charged with adultery for having sex out of wedlock" (para 13).
Jan. 4, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

“Spousal abuse is technically grounds for divorce, but husbands claimed religious authority to strike their wives. Observers noted that, while judges generally supported a woman’s claim of abuse in court, due to societal and familial pressure, as well as fears of violence such as honor killings, few women sought legal remedies” (29). “The Ministry of Justice indicated that seven so-called “honor crimes” were referred to the judicial system through October, with one case still under investigation, while NGOs reported 14 potential honor crimes through September. Activists reported that many such crimes went unreported” (30). “In “honor crime” cases, the family of the victim and the family of the alleged perpetrator ...more
Nov. 18, 2016, 5 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"When women are raped they are often rejected by their families, their husbands kick them out of their homes, often other members of the community stigmatize them." This statement was made at 8:13 of the video (ENB-Coder Comment)."I could hear everything. Everything. They started by beating her. What could I do? I wish she could get work, but she has no strength for farming. She has no education. We have no one to help her get a job. I worry about her."This statement was made by the victim's mother at 9:34 (ENB-Coder Comment)
Nov. 10, 2016, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Following the rape of a 13-year-old girl in Rangunia, local police imprisoned the rape survivor, her brother, and family in May and exonerated the police officer accused of destroyed evidence in the case. The High Court subsequently issued a rule calling for punishment for police for failing to report rape and protect the accused" (24).
Nov. 8, 2016, 10:32 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Syrian women and girls face sexual violence, forced and early marriages, and "honor" crimes, amongst other forms of gender- based violence; and they lack adequate protections, access to justice, and victim services" (1). "Syria's criminal laws facilitate impunity for rape, while widespread harmful beliefs about rape further endanger victims, including by placing them at risk of "honor" killing" (1). "Due to patriarchal norms, victims can be subjected to honor killings by their families, or pressured by their families to marry the rapist" (1). "Upon release from detention or checkpoints, and after house raids, women are often alienated from their families and viewed as “unfit” for marriage, and in some instances ...more