60 Frauen beschuldigen Bill Cosby, sie in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten mit Medikamenten betäubt und dann sexuell missbraucht haben. Dies wurde zwischenzeitlich von Cosby selbst zugegeben. Nur einer dieser Fälle wurde aufgrund von Verjährung in einem nun beendeten Gerichtsprozess behandelt. Die Jury, bestehend aus 7 Männern und 5 Frauen konnte sich nicht auf ein Urteil einigen und Cosby ist somit (vorerst) frei.
Gang rapes happened under the regime of Hosni Mubarak, in some cases instigated by his secret police. But since the revolution to overthrow him, activists say the attacks against female protesters and journalists are becoming more frequent and more vicious. A record number of women were attacked at protests on the two-year anniversary of the revolution. Correspondent Bridgette Auger looks into why they keep happening.
A 16 year old girl broke silence after being gang raped and filmed. When her father heard about the rape video, he couldn’t live with the thought of his daughter’s pain and how she would be judged by society, her mother said. He committed suicide by swallowing pesticides.
„It happens a lot with dalit [lower caste] girls but they keep quiet because they fear for their reputation. I probably would not have spoken up either but I didn’t want my father’s sacrifice to go to waste,“ she said.
About the tragic suicide of a 16-year-old Moroccan girl, Amina Filali, who swallowed rat poison rather than remain married to a man who had raped her:
Filali, who was raped by the man–10 years her senior–in 2011, was encouraged by the prosecutor of the rape case and the Moroccan government to marry the perpetrator. Her father said that his daughter’s rapist initially refused the marriage contract until faced with the alternative of spending 10 to 20 years in prison. During the five months of their marriage, Filali’s husband physically abused her repeatedly.
Article 475 of the current Moroccan Penal Code includes a provision which allows the “kidnapper” of a minor to marry the victim in order to restore honor to the woman and her family. The government justifies this by insisting that the decision to marry is based entirely on the victim’s consent. In this case, Filali’s consent was suspect, considering her parents’ embarrassment and the stigmatization of rape victims in her culture.
There is currently no law in Morocco specific to violence against women. The Human Rights Watch 2012 World Report says that although major reforms have taken place in Morocco regarding the 2004 Family Code, provisions involving inheritance and a husband’s right to “unilaterally repudiate” his wife were left unchanged.
A study released by the UN in 2011– the first of its kind on gendered violence in Morocco–notes that in 2010, approximately 60 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 65 reported having encountered some form of violence, and 1 in 4 of those cases experienced sexual violence. Divorced women in the workforce and unemployed women are most vulnerable to aggression and abuse, the study shows, and it is more common for women with illiterate husbands to experience domestic abuse.