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Wed Apr 14, 2021, 06:40 AM

'Marry your rapist' laws in 20 countries still allow perpetrators to escape justice

“The fact that nearly half of women still cannot make their own decisions about whether or not to have sex, use contraception or seek healthcare should outrage us all,” said Kanem. “In essence, hundreds of millions of women and girls do not own their own bodies. Their lives are governed by others.”

More than 30 countries restrict women’s freedom outside the home, while girls and boys with disabilities are nearly three times more likely to be subjected to sexual violence, with girls at the greatest risk.

Education is key to improving bodily autonomy, said the report, while laws must be changed, and social norms must become more gender balanced. Health providers can also play a critical role.

“The denial of bodily autonomy is a violation of women and girls’ fundamental human rights that reinforces inequalities and perpetuates violence arising from gender discrimination,” said Kanem. “It is nothing less than an annihilation of the spirit, and it must stop.”

[link:https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/apr/14/marry-your-rapist-laws-in-20-countries-still-allow-perpetrators-to-escape-justice|

There but for the grace, right?

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Wed Apr 14, 2021, 06:56 AM

1. Being compelled to marry one's rapist can often lead to marrying one's future murderer.

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Wed Apr 14, 2021, 10:45 AM

2. sad and pitiful

We lost a lot of momentum after Obama Hillary and Biden with International women's rights the last 4 years hopefully we'll get the ball rolling again

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