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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-2

May 18, 2021, 6:32 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Relatively few rapes are reported in Pakistan, as survivors can face social stigma. In cases that are reported, few offenders are convicted because of weak laws and complicated procedures" (para 17).
April 30, 2021, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Historically, women in Egypt have been reluctant to report rape or harassment because they were seen as having invited the attacks. Having been subject to such abuse brought shame on the women, and police would sometimes further abuse them, seeing them as 'damaged goods', said Mona Eltahawy, author of the Feminist Giant newsletter" (para 14).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"...a system for the direct access to local services, even in cases of emergency, as conveyed by telephone... 1522 (this includes a direct transfer of the call, from the call centre to the anti-violence centre being active on the opening hours to public)...is available...24 hours a day...by the entire national territory free from both fixed and mobile phones, with reception available in Italian, English, French, Spanish and Arabic. The telephone operators provide an initial response to the needs of women, victims of violence, besides providing useful information of the public and private social-health services at local level" (30). "Along these lines, the NGO ACMID Donna established a toll free number...more
March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, GP-DATA-5

"The Committee notes that changes in the allocation of Government funding from needs-based to 'commissioning' frameworks, and the gender neutral interpretation of the Gender Equality Duty, have had a negative impact on funding to women’s organizations and the provision of 'women-only' services, in particular domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centres. Despite the establishment by the Government of an interim short-term emergency fund, the Committee notes with concern the impending closure of a number of rape crisis centres, as well as of domestic violence shelters, women’s health organizations and black, minority and ethnic women’s organizations" (7).
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

“Those who make it home - some with stories of being raped by multiple men or being sold from one house to another - rarely go to the police, as immediate relatives are usually complicit” (para 28).
Feb. 13, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“Aydın v. Turkey (25 September 1997): The applicant, a young Turkish woman of Kurdish origin (aged 17 at the relevant time) was arrested without explanation and taken, along with two other members of her family, into custody. She was blindfolded, beaten, stripped naked, placed in a tyre and hosed with pressurised water before being raped by a member of the security forces and then again beaten for about an hour by several people. A subsequent medical examination by a doctor, who had never before dealt with a rape case, found her hymen torn and widespread bruising on her thighs. The applicant further claimed that the family was intimidated and harassed...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Women fear they will be blamed for assaults, and admitting rape may affect a girl's ability to marry. Usually, few women come forward at all, and even fewer seek medical care after an attack. 'If they have not killed you, you just come back and you don't report to anyone,' Anne says. 'You cannot tell anybody, even your family. It's just our culture. We Nuer, we cannot talk about rape. It can bring fighting. You stay quiet'" (para 18-19).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"These cases highlight the difficulty Pakistan’s sexual violence survivors have getting recourse. Sexual assault victims often fear pressing charges because they and their families may become subject to harassment and intimidation by the police, due to harmful gender attitudes and pressure from perpetrators. Without proper witness protection, survivors can easily be intimidated into silence. These barriers reflect deeply entrenched gender inequality within Pakistani society, including in state institutions such as the police and judiciary" (para 4).
Feb. 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“The Committee welcomes the signature by the State party of a joint communiqué with the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in the context of the implementation of Security Council resolution 2106 (2013), on 7 December 2018, identifying six priority areas for cooperation, including supporting legal reforms to respond to sexual violence, training and capacity-building of the justice and security sectors, providing assistance to survivors of sexual violence, ensuring that prevention of sexual violence is included in peace agreements and transitional justice and that perpetrators are excluded from amnesty and mitigating conflict-related trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation” (pp. 3). “The Committee is deeply concerned about the pervasive...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned, however, about the: (a) Stark increase in violent crimes against women, especially rape and abduction, and the high number of cases of rape reported by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2012, indicating an increase by 902.1 percent since 1971, and continuing impunity for such acts" (3). "It is particularly concerned about the...Restrictions imposed on women human rights defenders, in particular those operating in conflict areas, including restrictions on international funding and the surveillance under which they are placed" (4-5, 6).
Jan. 27, 2021, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“And yet India's National Family Health Survey said that 80 per cent of women who experience sexual violence do not report it” (para. 19).
Jan. 26, 2021, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

“Instances of gender-based violence among women in Equatorial Guinea are very high. This includes domestic violence and sexual assaults. In 2011, 63 percent of women 15 and older had suffered some form of violence, with 32 percent being victims of sexual assault. The cultural acceptance of gender-based violence lowers the number of victim reports and legal prosecutions” (para 5).
Jan. 26, 2021, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“‘Despite an increase in the number of high-profile cases of sexual violence in the media it is deeply concerning that so many Australians are still not believing women who come forward with claims of violence and sexual assault,’ Dr Nancarrow said” (para 12). “Health promotion foundation VicHealth CEO, Jerril Rechter, said it was unacceptable that many in the community were quick to dismiss or explain away women's experiences of sexism, violence and abuse” (para 16).
Jan. 1, 2021, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“’To date, Egypt has no comprehensive law criminalizing sexual violence,' lamented Fatemah Khafagy, a prominent women's rights advocate. 'Rights advocates have been calling for a holistic approach to the problem rather than scattered provisions within the Penal Code stipulating penalties for offenders. A comprehensive law would spell out preventative and protective measures such as training of prosecutors and judges, sexual education being incorporated in the school curriculum and services provided to survivors such as shelters,' she told Al-Monitor” (para. 19). “Mozn Hassan, a women's rights campaigner and Founder of Nazra, echoed Khafagy's call for a comprehensive law, adding that political will is needed for such a law to pass. “Women...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"In the aftermath of Irma and Maria, storms fueled by the climate crisis, many victims of intimate partner violence were left without support during a period of extreme stress. Emergency help lines were down, three of the island’s eight domestic violence shelters closed, and people were stranded without cellphone service or vehicles. Even when women were able to reach the police, in some cases officers refused to take reports; abuse survivors were reportedly told that they were busy attending to the emergency at hand" (para 21).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"In the aftermath of Irma and Maria, storms fueled by the climate crisis, many victims of intimate partner violence were left without support during a period of extreme stress. Emergency help lines were down, three of the island’s eight domestic violence shelters closed, and people were stranded without cellphone service or vehicles. Even when women were able to reach the police, in some cases officers refused to take reports; abuse survivors were reportedly told that they were busy attending to the emergency at hand" (para 21).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"And police see NGOs like Agape as preventing the flow of money into their pockets" (para 33). "'There can be no secrets in the villages.' So says Paulo Kuyi, who is fighting the ground war against child marriage in the nearby town of Muchambi. The 53-year-old activist acts as a primitive early warning system for the NGO Agape, which in turn tips off the local police force....it is common knowledge that Kuyi is the one reporting cases of child marriage to the police. Resentful of the potential loss of income that marrying off their daughters can generate, villagers have threatened to lock the activist in his hut and burn it...more
Dec. 24, 2020, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Victims are often treated as criminals or blamed for the assaults" (para 5). "[T]he police chief also appeared to blame the woman for the crime, questioning why she had been traveling late at night without an adult male companion, and why she had not checked to see that her car had enough fuel for the journey" (para 14).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“But months later the girl's case has shown just how difficult combating sexual violence can be: Her father objected to the rape being tried in court, requiring police to issue a restraining order so she could continue receiving medical treatment. No court date has been set, not even a prosecutor chosen” (para 4). “The child's lawyer Fatmata Sorie said the man who committed the crime - believed to be a 28-year-old male relative - still walks free” (para 6).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Somehow, we have people who see rape as fun—a team bonding game for the 'sexually potent male club.' This is why you have police talking about rape victims overreacting to 'a little fun' that resulted from them provoking their rapists. They do not seem unfamiliar with the idea of a group of men having 'fun' with a woman they pick up. This is how women get accused of provoking men by 'flaunting their sexuality,' and men simply 'misunderstanding'" (para 11). Law enforcement acting like this can be a deterrent to reporting sexual assault and rape (CAT - CODER COMMENT). "After facing intimidation to withdraw the case, scant police protection, and...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Anecdotal evidence provided by Libyan activists has not been investigated thoroughly, nor has there been investigation into reports that opposition and community leaders called for the destruction of evidence or forced victims to marry so as to hide public shame. Activists worry that rape victims are doubly victimized by being forced into silence and marriage" (4).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"Even though it’s so common — more than half of all adults in my generation of Indians have experienced some form of child sexual abuse — few survivors discuss their experiences, because of the Indian family’s insistence on silence. That silence transferred the shame of the abuser’s act onto the child and onto the family; it is powerful and crippling, and it actively enables abuse. The silence around marital rape is strengthened when the Indian social and legal system refuses even to acknowledge that it exists; for an abuser, and for a rapist, these silences are enabling" (para 28).
Dec. 7, 2020, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-DATA-1

“Rape Crisis Network said that a maximum of ten per cent of rapes were reported, and one in 40 of these cases the rapists were brought to an appropriate level of justice, Ms Coppinger added” (para 9).
Dec. 5, 2020, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“The sentence was handed down in the country's northern district of Tangail by a special tribunal set up to deal with cases of abuse against women and children” (para 2).
Nov. 30, 2020, 11:28 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2

"There is a culturally-rooted reluctance to acknowledge gender-based violence. Fear of reprisals from perpetrators and their families, shame, trauma and cultural taboos all prevent women from discussing their experience of violence, particularly sexual assault... Some cultural traditions require a married victim to pay 'compensation' to her husband’s family because of the shame brought on the family" (17).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“‘With this declaration, I have also directed the following: that all government hospitals must provide free medical treatment and certificate to every victim of rape and sexual abuse,’ he said” (para 5). “Thousands of cases [of rape] are unreported because of a culture of silence or indifference, leaving victims traumatised, he said, adding that he wants to increase awareness” (para 7). “He also ordered the creation of a special police division for rape and sexual violence against minors” (para 10).
Nov. 6, 2020, 11:05 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“Cameroonian journalist Comfort Mussa, who initiated a movement to fight sexual harassment and violence against women, said that it was hard for women to speak out” (para 17).
Oct. 22, 2020, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"As such, cases of sexual gender-based violence are investigated as all other criminal cases, with no accent on gender sensitivity or the dynamics of domestic violence, thus perpetuating historical gender discrimination138. Victims are also commonly blamed for the assault or convicted of falsely reporting a crime139. As a result, victims will not report assaults out of fear of being criminally prosecuted themselves. The cases of sexual violence are investigated as all other criminal cases. There are no specific regulations with the accent on gender sensitivity" (42). "In cases of sexual violence, there is a huge problem with the gender sensitivity of the police officers. Victim blaming and accusation in false...more
Oct. 6, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-1

"The progressive ruling builds on Eswatini's ongoing law reform process, aimed at promoting and protecting women's and girls' rights that included the passing of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 2018, which provides a framework to curb sexual and gender-based violence in the country" (para 2).
Oct. 1, 2020, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Bergehed said most people still thought of rape as an attack by a stranger, but a review of court cases in Sweden showed almost all victims knew their assailant. 'These stereotypes are not helping victims to step forward—it makes them unsure whether they really experienced rape or not,' she added" (para 9-10). "Bergehed said many women also blamed themselves for what happened, particularly if they had frozen and not fought back. Police and courts often query a victim's story if she did not retaliate, but there is growing evidence that many victims experience temporary paralysis when raped. Bergehed said a study by a Swedish emergency clinic for rape victims showed...more