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Latest items for LRW-DATA-1

April 30, 2024, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"South Africa has notoriously high levels of violence against women. The country has among the highest rape incidences in the world. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, police figures showed that 10,818 rape cases were reported" (para 4).
April 19, 2024, 3:06 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"[A] low number of rape cases [are] reported" (7).
April 9, 2024, 10:09 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The recommendations presented to the justice minister come after a series of rape acquittals that sparked outcry, and will form the basis for draft amendments that could be enacted by parliament later this year" (para 3).
Feb. 20, 2024, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"[There is] lack of reliable data and statistics on cases of conflict-related sexual violence against women and girls committed by State and non-State actors" (3). "[C]ases of sexual and gender-based violence [are not monitored and documented] in conflict areas" (4). "[There is a] high prevalence of gender-based violence, including sexual violence and group rape, including of minors" (8).
Feb. 4, 2024, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"But it has also revised the scope of potential minimum and maximum prison sentences, allowing some convicted sex offenders to appeal against their sentences and have them reduced. By the end of December, 129 convicted offenders had benefited from the sentencing changes" (para 13). Highlights recent prison sentencing reforms for sex offenders, which give us an inside on the prevalence of rape and sexual assault, with 129 convicted offenders receiving reduced sentences by the end of December (MD-CODDER COMMENT).
Jan. 29, 2024, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"[There are] high levels of sexual violence against refugee and asylum-seeking women" (14).
Jan. 28, 2024, 7:26 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"'Gangs use sexual violence to instill fear, and alarmingly the number of cases increases by the day as the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Haiti deepens,' Nada Al-Nashif, the Acting Human Rights Chief said" (para 3). "The report painstakingly documents sexual crimes perpetrated against women, girls and boys of all ages, as well as to a lesser extent men, by gangs waging their turf wars and seeking to expand their areas of influence. LGBTI+ people have also been targeted" (para 5). "The report further highlights that sexual violence occurs in the context of kidnappings, when some women and girls are repeatedly subjected to rape, by one or multiple armed...more
Jan. 22, 2024, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Among the findings made public: Bureau employees abused female prisoners in at least 19 of the 29 federal facilities that have held women over the past decade; in at least four prisons, managers failed to apply the federal law intended to detect and reduce sexual assault; and hundreds of sexual abuse charges are among a backlog of 8,000 internal affairs misconduct cases yet to be investigated" (para 7). "A committee analysis of court filings and prison records over the past decade found that male and female inmates had made 5,415 allegations of sexual abuse against prison employees, of which 586 were later substantiated by investigators" (para 8). "Investigators identified three...more
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Rapes were also up 11 percent, with 10,000 cases during the period, he said" (para 8).
Jan. 19, 2024, 12:06 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, only 22 per cent of rape survivors in the Central African Republic seek medical, legal or psychosocial assistance" (23). "[T]here were 8,321 cases of gender-based violence in the Central African Republic following the crisis. Rape accounted for 13 per cent of cases and sexual assault for 3 per cent" (25).
Nov. 3, 2023, 5 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Nadia hushes the crying 3-month-old baby swaddled in her arms, gently planting kisses on her forehead. She was 19, not ready to be a mother. But the young Haitian’s life changed when she was walking home from class on the dusty streets of a gang-controlled area of Haiti’s capital last year. She was dragged into a car by a group of men, blindfolded and kidnapped. For three days, she was beaten, starved and gang-raped" (para 1, 2, 3). "The U.N. documented 2,645 cases of sexual violence in 2022, a 45% increase from the year before. That figure is just a fraction of the real number of assaults" (para 18). "Michel...more
Nov. 3, 2023, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Ana hasn't been able to sleep properly since she heard about the ministry's abolition. She credits it with saving her life. From a safe house, she recounts - in a voice so quiet it is almost inaudible - how she was failed by everyone in her life she trusted to protect her. Six years ago, she was raped by her college professor. When she called her father to tell him, he hung up the phone. She had brought the family shame, he told her” (para 21). Inappropriate professor-student relationships are an example of a common power dynamic that may be related to underreported rape and sexual assault (ET - CODER...more
Oct. 5, 2023, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Women who manage to get informal work, at neighbourhood restaurants for example, are often abused. We have heard of cases where women have been groped and raped.Bosses know the women would struggle to find work elsewhere. The victims do not report their employers because they need the work" (para 18, 19).
Sept. 26, 2023, 10:17 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Aboriginal women are 11 times more likely to die from family violence than non-Aboriginal women. They are more likely to experience sexual violence, hospitalisation and significant health impacts from intimate partner violence" (para 6).
Sept. 25, 2023, 8:02 a.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"There were reports that some displaced Venezuelan women experienced human rights abuses, including sexual exploitation, by government officials. In May the government charged three police officers for allegedly raping a displaced migrant from Venezuela" (6).
Sept. 18, 2023, 12:32 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"There is no official data on sexual assaults on older women in Kenya. However, according to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2022 released this month, 13% of all women reported experiencing sexual violence at some point in their lives, and 7% had met with sexual violence in the past year. The report also notes that 34% of women in Kenya have experienced physical violence since age 15, including 16% in the past year." (para.7).
Sept. 12, 2023, 11:48 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"A UN study from [2013] involving 1,000 men in a county in central China found that half of the men interviewed reported using physical or sexual violence against a female partner during a lifetime" (para 19).
Aug. 24, 2023, 1:08 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"[There is a] high prevalence of child sexual abuse in the State party, with girls accounting for 95 per cent of the victims of sexual abuse" (5).
July 25, 2023, 10:44 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"[T]he high prevalence of such violence, in particular domestic violence, as well as rape, including gang rape or bauk, [] is viewed as a means of male bonding" (7).
July 10, 2023, 9:26 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Maldives Demographic Health Survey 2016/2017 shows that 22% of women aged 15–49 have experienced either physical or sexual violence or both. One quarter (24%) of women aged between 15–49, reported to never had experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence by either a current husband of partner (if currently married) or the most recent husband or partner (if divorced, separated or widowed). 17% of ever married women experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence in the past 12 months either sometimes (8%) or often (8%)." (13). "In terms of sources of help for women who experienced physical or sexual violence, most common sources of help reported in MDHS 2016/2017 were family (59%)....more
May 12, 2023, 8:43 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: 'Rape convictions are up two thirds over the last year and cases are being completed five weeks quicker" (Para. 7). "The number of rape convictions also increased from 407 to 467 during that time" (Para.9). "But there were just 1,557 rape prosecutions in the 12-month period for 2020-21, down from 4,643 for 2015-16" (Para.10). "Home Office figures released in April showed that the lowest charging rate of all offences continues to be for rape, with just 1.3 per cent of 67,125 offences recorded by police in 2021 leading to a prosecution" (Para.11).
April 19, 2023, 6:17 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"As many as half a million women and girls today live in terror on the fragile border between China and North Korea. Children as young as 12 find themselves the victims of systematic rape, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy as organised crime groups take control of the lawless 'Red Zone' between the two countries." (para 1-2).
April 19, 2023, 5:18 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Sixty percent of black girls have experienced sexual abuse at the hands of black men before reaching the age of 18, according to an ongoing study conducted by Black Women’s Blueprint. More than 300 black women nationwide participated in the study and 700 more are being sought to take in the survey by March 2012." (para 1-2). "'A similar study which was conducted by The Black Women’s Health Imperative seven years ago found that that number was about 40 percent,' Tanis says. 'So that means there is an increase and we need to stop neglecting that issue.'" (para 4). "Tanis, citing the 60 percent sexual assault rate, urges black women...more
March 18, 2023, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"[T]he one stop centres in Addis Ababa provided services to more than 3,221 victims between April 2012 and June 2014" (5).
March 4, 2023, 7:01 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Rabat - A 15-year-old Somali girl living in Egypt made headlines after she killed a microbus driver who had allegedly tried to rape her at knifepoint. The girl turned herself in to the police following the incident" (Para. 1). "According to local news outlets, the teenage girl boarded a minibus home from the 11th district, in Egypt’s 6th of October city. The driver took advantage of the fact that there were no other passengers on board, and drove her to a secluded area to molest her while holding a knife to her neck" (Para. 2). "Accompanied by a lawyer, the assault survivor headed to the 6th of October police department...more
Feb. 18, 2023, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, UVAW-PRACTICE-1

" 'It is a fact that women are more vulnerable to violent crimes than men. Data shows that over 80 percent of victims of violent crimes are female. In that sense, women-only spaces seem to offer respite from such concerns,' said the former head of the Korea Association of Women's Study.'The necessity of some women-only facilities like parking spaces is debatable. However, when it comes to places like houses where we spend most of our time, everyone should feel secure and protected,' she said." (Para.1-2).
Feb. 18, 2023, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, TRAFF-DATA-1, IRP-DATA-2

"In Malawi, one in every five women girls is at risk of sexual violence and abuse and 42% of girls experience physical violence before their 18th birthday. One particularly prevalent form of violence and abuse is trafficking for sexual exploitation (sex trafficking). Research reports reveal that in identified hotspots, there are between 500 to 1,500 women and children trafficked within Malawi annually, with at least 30% of those aged between 14 and 18 years." (Para.1).
Feb. 18, 2023, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Rape prosecutions fell nearly 60% in four years to 2,102 in 2019-20 even as the number of reports to police increased. Figures published last year showed the proportion of rape complainants dropping out of cases had risen from 25% to 43% over a five-year period to December 2020. Edwards said one of the reasons women were dropping out were because of intrusive information collection" (Para.6). (John Edwards, the UK information commissioner)
Feb. 5, 2023, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"After investigating some areas Russia retreated from, an independent international commission reported to the United Nations in October that 'an array of war crimes committed in Ukraine' included cases of sexual violence against women and girls." (para 8). "Victims ranged from older than 80 to as young as a 4-year-old girl forced to perform oral sex on a soldier, which is rape, the report said. It detailed more than a dozen cases involving gang rapes, family members forced to watch a relative being sexually assaulted and sexual violence against detainees. Iryna Didenko, who leads the prosecutor’s department investigating such crimes, has already opened 154 cases of conflict-related sexual violence. The...more
Feb. 5, 2023, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"After investigating some areas Russia retreated from, an independent international commission reported to the United Nations in October that 'an array of war crimes committed in Ukraine' included cases of sexual violence against women and girls." (para 8). "Victims ranged from older than 80 to as young as a 4-year-old girl forced to perform oral sex on a soldier, which is rape, the report said. It detailed more than a dozen cases involving gang rapes, family members forced to watch a relative being sexually assaulted and sexual violence against detainees. Iryna Didenko, who leads the prosecutor’s department investigating such crimes, has already opened 154 cases of conflict-related sexual violence. The...more