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Unless governments fix their laws on rape and sexual assault and implement them effectively and sensitively, we are unlikely to see an end to the worldwide abuse of women and girls anytime soon.
- Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director, Equality Now

28 July 2017 UPDATE: Following years of local activism, Tunisia has adopted the Law on Eliminating Violence Against Women which reportedly repeals the provision of the Penal Code allowing a rapist to marry his victim to escape punishment; the law was highlighted in our 2017 report on The Global Rape Epidemic. We hope this will encourage Jordan, Bahrain and Lebanon, which are all deliberating repealing laws exempting rapists from punishment, to do the same.  We also hope that Tunisia's new comprehensive, landmark law will provide further momentum in the region to end all forms of violence against women and girls. .

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Rape and sexual abuse are everyday violent occurrences -- affecting close to a billion women and girls over their lifetimes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. According to UNICEF, around 120 million girls worldwide, just over 1 in 10, have experienced “forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts” at some point in their lives. Everyone reading this is likely to have either survived, or to know someone who has experienced, some form of sexual violence. 

However, despite the pervasiveness of these crimes, laws are insufficient, inconsistent, not systematically enforced and, sometimes, promote violence.

If it were a medical disease, sexual violence would have the serious attention and the funding to address it, from governments and independent donors alike. In our February 2017 advocacy report, The World’s Shame – The Global Rape Epidemic: How Laws Around the World are Failing to Protect Women and Girls from Sexual Violence, we identify seven key gaps in global rape laws and call on governments and policymakers to fix them and to ensure justice for survivors of sexual violence.

Add your voice to the call! Please sign our petition which will be delivered to governments before the June 2017 UN Human Rights Council meeting!


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