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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-2

Nov. 17, 2022, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"It was also clearly stated that sexual abuse do happen within the confines of the plantations but because of stigma and rejection by the men, it is normally not discussed" (para 18).
July 1, 2022, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"National Police Force focuses on increasing the number of women police stationed at crisis centres for women. This is to ensure investigations on report of VAW are being properly follow [sic] up" (5). "Despite the efforts conducted by the various stakeholders, under reporting of VAW remains a challenge. This is due to the high sensitivity of the subject. Stigmatization and patriarchal values in some society as well as economic dependence hinders women or families to report cases of violence. In this regard, expanding access to reporting mechanism, protection and services to victim as well as increasing awareness campaign on the issues of VAW are key measures taken by the government...more
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"...The film industry itself has taken initiative to introduce an anonymous hotline about sexual harassment..." (8). "...The national police has set up an expert group of investigators and prosecutors who will contribute to developing the guidelines and an advisory forum where the police meet with organizations that deal with victims of rape. The police has carried out an information campaign in order to encourage victims of rape to report the assaults to the police. The Crime Prevention Council has conducted a survey into extent and character of sexual assaults and launched a campaign to prevent sexual abuse and rape" (13). "The national action plan to combat physical and psychological violence...more
May 30, 2022, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland

"In February 2013 the Federal Council published a report that analyses the decisions by victims of offences to report or not to report them. The authors found that victims of violence often decide, for various reasons, not to report the occurrence to the police. For all offences, the proportion of victims that do make a report is estimated at less than 50 per cent. It is estimated that in Switzerland less than 20 per cent of victims of sexual violence file a complaint. As regards domestic violence, the figures are more or less the same, with a reporting rate of around 20 per cent" (16).
May 27, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Women’s shelters are the social service institutions where women, who have been subjected to physical, psychological, sexual, economic or verbal abuse or violence, may temporarily stay with their children (if any) to meet their needs, and where they can protect themselves from violence, receive psycho-social support and solve their economic problems. There are 110 women’s shelters affiliated to the MoFLSS, 32 affiliated to the local administrations, 2 affiliated to General Directorate of Migration Management of the Ministry of Interior; and 1 affiliated to an NGO, 145 shelters in total across the country serving with a total capacity of 3,482" (6). "'183 Social Support Hotline' within the MoFLSS serves as a...more
April 29, 2022, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"[T]he committee notes with concern:... (f) [t]he absence of a victim protection system. (e) The introduction, through the amendment to the Criminal Code in December 2020, of more severe sanctions for defamation, applicable to cases in which victims bring charges of crimes against their sexual integrity and sexual freedom, which prevents victims of sexual violence from gaining access to justice owing to fear of prosecution" (6).
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"...In sharia courts, which are primarily responsible for civil matters between Muslims, the extremely high burden of proof for a rape case contributed to a low conviction rate. In addition, female victims of rape or other sexual crimes faced the possibility of prosecution for consensual sex outside marriage instead of receiving assistance from authorities" (27).
March 16, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"She also revealed she was previously raped when she was 17 but that she did not speak out about the ordeal at the time, as she explained why she chose to go public with the allegation" (Para. 20).
March 16, 2022, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"She also revealed she was previously raped when she was 17 but that she did not speak out about the ordeal at the time, as she explained why she chose to go public with the allegation" (Para. 20).
March 11, 2022, 9:21 p.m.
Countries: Iceland

"Sexual assault in Iceland is also widespread. A national survey conducted by the University of Iceland in 2018 revealed that 1 in 4 Icelandic women has been raped or sexually assaulted during her life. In Europe overall the reported figure is 1 in 10. Yet, according to Stigamot—Iceland’s center for survivors of sexual abuse and violence—only around 12 percent of these victims actually press charges. Many have no confidence in the justice system and fear shame, guilt, and condemnation. Those who do press charges find their cases dismissed close to three-quarters of the time" (Para. 5).
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru

"Violence against women and girls--including rape, spousal abuse, and sexual, physical, and psychological abuse--was a serious national problem with increased visibility. The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations continued to operate service centers with police, prosecutors, counselors, and public welfare agents to help victims. NGOs expressed concerns about the quality and quantity of the program’s services, particularly in rural areas. The ministry operated a toll-free hotline and implemented projects to sensitize government employees and the citizenry to domestic violence. The government continued efforts to expand temporary shelters, but NGOs and members of Congress stated there were not enough" (14).
March 9, 2022, 8:57 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) available...24 hours a 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
Feb. 28, 2022, 3:29 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The government provided shelters, counseling, and other assistance for survivors of rape or violence" (13).
Feb. 23, 2022, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The government-run Ginddi Center in Dakar provided shelter to women and girls who were survivors of rape or early and forced marriage as well as to street children" (15).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"On June 11, reporter Diana Oncioiu of the Let There Be Light (Sa Fie Lumina) media project received death threats while she was investigating the sexual abuse of students at Husi Theological Seminary in Vaslui County. An unknown individual told the reporter that her head would be 'ripped off' if she continued to document private matters of the Romanian Orthodox Church" (11).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs also maintained that victims underreported rapes and domestic assaults, in part due to a lack of understanding by authorities that impeded effective implementation of the law regarding violence against women. According to NGOs the agencies tasked with addressing the problem were underfunded, and victims often perceived police as incapable of bringing perpetrators to justice" (31).
Feb. 4, 2022, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The government had programs to prevent rape and domestic violence, and offices within the police districts offered counseling and support to victims. All police districts had a domestic violence coordinator. In March the government launched a three-year Action Plan against Rape outlining 33 specific measures to be taken, focusing on prevention, improvements of care and services to victims, and improvements to the judicial system. Public and private organizations operated 47 government-funded shelters and managed five 24-hour crisis hotlines. Victims of domestic violence have a right to consult a lawyer free of charge before deciding whether to make a formal complaint. If the government initiates criminal proceedings, the victim is entitled...more
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The collaboration between BIANCO and UNDP led to the development of a strategy to combat sexual harassment, which resulted in the setting up a prevention committee to receive anonymous complaints, protecting the confidentiality of victims’ identities and conducting public awareness campaigns" (20). "...In June 2018 the Ministry of Population, in partnership with UNICEF, published a study on violence against children in the country. The study revealed violence against children, including physical violence, sexual abuse, and rape, occurred in all environments: family, school, social circles, and working places. It found abuse was rarely reported due to lack of confidence in the justice system, precarious economic conditions, a desire to avoid social...more
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Some rape victims were unwilling to report crimes due to social stigma and the possibility of retribution, compounded by a perception of a lack of oversight and accountability, especially if the perpetrator was a police officer or other official. There were reports police officials refused to register rape cases" (7-8). "On July 28, a rape survivor from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao District was critically injured in a head-on road collision. The survivor had accused state BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar of rape in 2017... The girl’s family alleged Sengar planned the crash to kill her... Sengar’s brother allegedly tortured the victim’s father after she came forward with the allegation, and the victim’s...more
Jan. 24, 2022, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Officials at the Ministry of Justice reported victims of rape and domestic violence often avoided the formal court system in favor of settlements between families. The government seldom enforced victim’s rights" (17).
Jan. 21, 2022, 9:22 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Raped women were discouraged from reporting the crime because they themselves could be jailed for having intercourse outside of marriage. According to the Mauritanian Association for the Health of Mother and Child, 703 cases of genderbased rape and violence were reported in 2018. Reliable data on gender-based violence remained sparse, and the situation of children and women who were victims of abuse was poorly documented. The subject continued to remain taboo due to social mores and traditional norms" (15).
Jan. 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The rate of acquittals and cases withdrawn by the prosecution due to insufficient evidence continued to be high, particularly for sexual offenses, murder, and gang- related cases. These actions were often due to the failure of witnesses to testify because of fear for life and personal safety, as well as a lack of basic police investigative or forensic capability in the country" (6).
Jan. 11, 2022, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"...Observers attributed women’s reluctance to report rape to a variety of factors, including fear of being blamed, fear of public shaming, a lack of victim support, potential secondary victimization through the police response, and court proceedings that lacked empathy for rape victims" (17).
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs reported that because of cultural and social stigmatization, many women did not report rape or domestic violence. Reports of rape and sexual abuse of women in police or protective custody continued; the Center for Women’s Resources stated that 56 police officers were involved in 33 rape cases from July 2016 to October 2018" (26). "The PNP and the Social Welfare Department (DSWD) both maintained help desks to assist survivors of violence against women and to encourage reporting. In addition, the DSWD operated residential centers and community-based programs to assist women and children who were victims of rape, domestic violence, and other abuse. By the end of the second quarter,...more
Jan. 8, 2022, 9:32 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Bassima Hakkaoui announced on July 9 that, based on a national survey conducted by the ministry, 93.4 percent of women who were victims of violence did not press charges against the aggressor. According to local NGOs, survivors did not report the vast majority of sexual assaults to police due to social pressure and the concern that society would most likely hold the victims responsible" (30).
Jan. 7, 2022, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"A women in her 20s was raped leaving Galcayo to Cadaado by a group of men. Local police is not cooperating with Attorney General of Galmudug State in order to bring charges. The local police refuses to cooperate with the AG" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Maryam, a 37 year old single mother who was ganged raped in late 2012 in Mogadishu, told us that she regretted going to the police almost as soon as she got to the police station. The male officers abruptly ended the investigation when she started bleeding all over the floor. They told her to go home and wash off the blood. But before they let her go they told her to wash the floor where she bled out. They gave her a brush to clean the floor" (para 1-3).
Jan. 5, 2022, 2:32 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In Dhuusamareb, a 70 year old woman was raped and beaten. The family is demanding justice, Islamic Justice. (Jan 2020). The family has stated that "they received no justice under the law, and are now seeking Islamic justice." Under the Islamic justice system, one who commits rape must be executed. Under shariah law, rape comes under 'Hirabah' which means war crime. In other words any act that terrorizes a human being (e.g. rape, terrorism, highway robber, etc). The punishment for Hirabah are 4 options. The first option is to be executed. The second option is one can be crucified. Crucification in Islam, the dead body is put on a pole...more
Dec. 27, 2021, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Many victims did not report the crime for fear of social stigmatization, and various nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and academic studies estimated the total number of sexual assaults was seven to 10 times higher than the number reported to police. Some abused women chose not to report incidents to police due to social pressure not to disgrace their families" (11).
Dec. 17, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Relatives, police, and traditional leaders often discouraged rape survivors from pursuing criminal cases, with their families often accepting payment for compensation" (19). "Rape victims were no longer required to obtain a medical certificate, which could cost up to 50,000 CFA francs ($850), to move a legal complaint forward" (19). "Survivors stressed that although sexual and gender-based violence was an 'everyday reality,' deeply ingrained taboos discouraged them from speaking out. Survivors were ostracized and advocates for survivors reported being threatened. Fear of challenging male authority figures silenced most victims" (19).