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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-3

Nov. 10, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"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

"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

"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

“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

"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
Oct. 1, 2016, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Amiri confirmed that the victims of baad are mostly under-aged girls who are sacrificed to settle an inter-family dispute. Girls who run away from home with a boy or are accused of having premarital sex are also targeted, according to CLIP's findings" (para 7).
Sept. 13, 2016, 5:48 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

“Moreover, up to 3,000 rapists and abusers in Turkey have married their victims in order to avoid prosecution, the head of the Supreme Court of Appeals department Mustafa Demirdağ told the Parliament's Sexual Abuse Prevention and Investigation Commission earlier this month” (para 13).
March 17, 2016, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"In majority or minority communities, is a woman ever punished for being raped or sexually assaulted? Why/ what are the possible circumstances? ΝΟ" (7)
March 17, 2016, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Philippines

"No" (12)
March 4, 2016, 9:13 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"The majority of marriages are still forced, honor killings are not unusual, and any involvement of the justice system in a rape case usually means that only the victim goes to jail, charged with adultery or with having had premarital sex — unless she, as a commonly imposed solution, is forced to marry her rapist"(2)
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Traditional notions of “honor” have led to calls from some Iraqis for the government to bomb the schools and hospitals that serve as makeshift ISIL prisons, and that are holding women and girls who are raped, in order to kill the rape victims and thus “save the honor” of the people from besieged towns" (para 9)
Jan. 21, 2016, 9:24 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

“The Egyptian Penal Code does not expressly criminalise domestic violence or marital rape, as it does not differentiate between violence in the public and private spheres. The code also provides for reduced sentences for “honor crimes” by husbands” (para 32).
Jan. 19, 2016, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan

"According to the UN, the latest violence has reached 'new levels of brutality,' with both sides accused of raping and murdering countless civilians and targeting villages for destruction based on tribal identity" (para 4)
Jan. 19, 2016, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan

According to the graph “Violence against women: Reported cases from Jan 2000 to December 2013” the number of Vani Cases between this time is 1,514.