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Latest items for LRW-LAW-1

June 29, 2022, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"[T]he Committee notes with concern:... The fact that the definition of rape is based on penile penetration" (7). "[T]he Committee recommends that the State party:... define rape based on a lack of consent rather than penetration or use of force" (7).
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"In 2018, act number 140 repealed the 72-hour police notice victim compensation deadline, which a victim of rape or incest usually has to comply with in order to apply for victim compensation..." (13). "An Amendment Act to the Administration of Justice Act and the Criminal Code. (Sexual Offenses etc.) – was adopted on 14th of November 2018. The Act is an update of the Criminal Law’s provisions on sexual crimes. The Act is based on amendments to the Danish Penal Law, which was introduced by Act No. 319 of 28th of April 2009. The purpose of the law is to protect the individual’s sexual freedom and self-determination, and to extend...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Opponents are worried if the bill passes into law, it could be used to cover up child sex abuse and statutory rape. Democratic Nashville Representative Mike Stewart, 57, called the bill a 'get-out-of-jail-free card for people who are basically committing statutory rape. I mean it’s completely ridiculous, so that’s another reason why this terrible bill should be eliminated,' he said. 'I don’t think any normal person thinks we shouldn’t have an age requirement for marriage'" (5-6).
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"Examples of the detrimental effect this quota causes led the sexual offense bill and child marriage bill not being passed. These women were told that these bills were against Islam, and as a result, voted against it. Only Deputy Speaker Samatar and the two other educated women mentioned previously voted for it" (26).
May 27, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"According to Article 103 of the Turkish Penal Code No. 5237 titled 'Sexual abuses of children', the person who abuses a child sexually shall be sentenced to an imprisonment from eight years to fifteen years" (11).
May 27, 2022, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape of men and women, including spousal rape, is punishable by up to 40 years in prison" (25). This indicates that it is illegal (SFR - CODER COMMENT). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 14, regardless of sexual orientation or gender" (28).
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"With regard to sexual crimes, the Penal Code has been revised in 2009. Rape within marriage and common law union, rape of men, child pornography, youth prostitution (from the age of sixteen to eighteen), among others, have been penalized. The penalties have also been extended" (9). "There is no reliable data available on prosecutions related to sexual abuse of children, though this type of abuse is penalized by law which has been revised whereby articles were expanded in order to increase the sanctions" (17). "Sexual abuse of children (under the age of 12)/youth (from age 12 and not having reached the age of 16, is also punishable by the Penal...more
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape, with prison terms of five to 10 years. Rapes continued to constitute the majority of sexual crimes investigated by the National Police Directorate of Judicial Investigation. Eighty percent of the victims were women and 63 percent of those were younger than 17" (12).
April 29, 2022, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"[T]he Committee notes with concern: (a) The narrow definition of rape and sexual crimes in the Criminal Code, which requires coercion and the use or threat of violence or abuse of the 'victim’s state of helplessness', and that marital rape is not criminalized; (b) The exemption of perpetrators of statutory rape from criminal liability in case of marriage to the victim" (6).
April 17, 2022, 12:06 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2016 of the combined eighth and ninth periodic reports of the State party (CEDAW/C/SWE/8-9) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: […] The law on sexual offences, which places lack of consent at the centre of the new definition of rape, in 2018" (1).
April 5, 2022, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape in general but does not include separate provisions on marital rape"(27)."The minimum age for consensual sex is 16"(29).
March 28, 2022, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law specifically criminalizes rape" (12). "The law provides for protection of children against violence, exploitation, sexual abuse" (13). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16" (14).
March 25, 2022, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape and domestic violence against all persons, including rape of a relative or spouse" (22). "The minimum legal age for consensual sex is 16. Statutory rape is a criminal offense" (26).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape is a criminal offense" (28). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16" (32).
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, which is punishable by death under the penal code. The penal code does not address spousal rape" (26). "The law provides for corporal punishment for sexual relations and pregnancy outside of marriage. The government may imprison and deport noncitizen women who bear children out of wedlock. In February a Fujairah court sentenced an unmarried woman to three months in prison and deportation after a medical visit revealed she was having complications associated with pregnancy" (28-29). Premarital sex is illegal so the age of marriage would dictate when sex becomes legal rather than an age of consent (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The bill’s proposed maximum age gap of four years partially mimics statutory rape laws that make it a serious felony for a minor to have sexual intercourse with someone who is significantly older. The legislation needs one more Senate vote before heading to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, probably this week, where it's likely to be signed into law"(para 16).
March 16, 2022, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Priti Patel is set to tell police that attacks on women and girls should be given the same priority as tackling terrorism, saying: 'I do not accept that violence against them is inevitable.' The Home Secretary's plan will aim to improve the record low conviction rate for rape, amid scathing criticism of police and criminal prosecutors" (Para. 1-2). "Last week, senior police officers slammed Ms Patel for rejecting attempts to make misogyny a recognised hate crime, like racism and homophobia. Instead, she is expected to add violence against women and girls to the list of national priorities for police, alongside terrorism, serious and organised crime and child sexual abuse. Chief...more
March 15, 2022, 11:02 a.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape and domestic violence are criminal offenses. Penalties for domestic violence depend on the level of injury to the victim, ranging from required public service to life imprisonment. In the first eight months of the year, authorities received 77 reports of rape, compared with 82 during the same period in 2018. Convicted rapists generally received prison sentences of three to five years. No law specifically criminalizes spousal rape, and no data on spousal rape was available" (11). "...The age of consent is 16" (13).
March 10, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape" (31). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 18 for both men and women, and statutory rape penalties include hard labor for a minimum of five years and a minimum of seven years’ imprisonment if the victim is younger than 15 years old" (34).
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of men and women, including spousal rape. Penalties for this crime are a minimum of 14 years and a maximum of life in prison" (13). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 14. A conviction for rape of a child younger than 14 carries penalties ranging from 25 years to life in prison. The law also prohibits adults from using deceit, abuse of power, or taking advantage of a child in a vulnerable situation to have sex with a person younger than 18" (16).
March 9, 2022, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Ms. Isakov and her lawyer turned to a concerned member of Parliament, Oded Forer, who had visited her in the hospital as a member of the parliamentary committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality and is now the minister of agriculture. Within months the government amended the law so as to automatically cancel the legal guardianship rights of a parent charged with the murder or attempted murder of the other parent or the sexual assault of a child" (Para. 28).
March 4, 2022, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law recognizes rape, including spousal rape, as a crime and provides for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for rape. The law recognizes spousal rape as a specific offense. Rape (including spousal rape), domestic abuse, incest, and sexual harassment were significant problems. As of June, the Fiji Women’s Crisis Center recorded 295 domestic-violence cases; the center reported that eight women died in domestic-violence incidents as of September" (15). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16. The court of appeals has ruled that 10 years is the minimum appropriate sentence for child rape, but police often charged defendants with 'defilement' rather than rape because defilement was easier to prove...more
Feb. 28, 2022, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, and the criminal code’s definition of rape may apply to spousal rape, at the judge’s discretion.The law requires the Attorney General’s Office to prosecute rape cases whether or not the victim presses charges, and the law does not permit the victim to withdraw the criminal charge"(18).
Feb. 28, 2022, 3:29 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape" (13). "The minimum age of consensual sex in the UK is 16" (16).
Feb. 27, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Following pressure from women’s rights activists, Diouf eventually issued an apology, but neither he nor the producers of Jakarloo Bi faced any real consequences. In fact, Jakarloo Bi continues to employ commentator Cheikh Yerim Seck, who was convicted of raping a minor in September 2012. Initially sentenced to three years, Seck only served 15 months in prison and swiftly returned to public life after his release" (Para. 10). "Senegalese authorities also do not take rape and sexual assault seriously, and only pay calls to eradicate such crimes lip service. The 2020 law criminalising rape is yet to be applied to its fullest and gender-based violence appears as pervasive as ever...more
Feb. 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Although prohibited by law, rape of men or women, including spousal rape, remained a serious problem. The law provides for sentences ranging from eight to 30 years’ imprisonment for violent sexual assault. For acts of spousal sexual violence, the law mandates prison sentences of six months to two years. By law femicide is punishable with penalties of 21 to 50 years in prison, longer than the minimum sentence of 13 years for homicide" (24). "...The minimum age for consensual sex is 14. The penalty for sexual activity with a child younger than 14 ranges from nine to 13 years in prison. The government generally enforced the law" (26).more
Feb. 23, 2022, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits rape" (14). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 18" (17).
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape, and provides penalties of up to 10 years in prison for rape or sexual assault. If the victim is a minor, the sentence ranges from a minimum of three years to 15 years in prison. According to the Attorney General’s Office, rape continued to be a significant and pervasive problem, with many rapes going unreported. The government generally prosecuted rape allegations and sometimes obtained convictions" (13). "The minimum age of consent is 14 when married and 16 when not married. The law sets the penalty for sexual abuse in cases involving violence or intercourse to at least 15 years...more
Feb. 11, 2022, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is illegal" (22).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape of men and women is illegal... NGOs expressed concern, however, that the amendment narrowed the definition of rape to acts in which male sex organs were used to physically violate victims, thereby leaving victims assaulted by perpetrators using other body parts or inanimate objects without legal remedies" (31). "[L]aws on rape and abandonment carry harsher penalties if the victim is a child" (34).