Global Interpretations of Violence Against Women
By admin March 7, 2017

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The touchy subject of rape is often viewed as an act of violence, however some countries view it as a basis of purity or honor. According to the Equality Now charity, this act is “still ignored in the law by most governments.” In three particular countries, Belgium, Greece, and the Netherlands, each fail to adhere to adequate laws against rape, allowing rapists in some cases to escape without any punishment. Facts about women’s rights around the globe lead to this frustrating debate about rape and which countries attest for what. For instance, in the Bahamas, a man can rape his wife if she is over 14 years old. In the Philippines, prostitution is only a crime if done by a woman. Sons inherit twice as much than daughters in Tunisia. Husbands have control over where their wives work in Guinea. And in Saudi Arabia, women cannot drive. These are just a few instances where women’s rights are infringed upon, making rape cases a debatable discussion when it comes to certain countries.

In many reports, including China, India, and Indonesia, rape of a woman by her husband is legal, even when the victim is a child. In nine countries out of 82 jurisdictions that were studied, perpetrators can escape such persecution if they marry their victim. In Russia, Greece, Serbia, and Thailand, the same outcome is possible however the two must be already a couple or the victim must be under the age of consent. Particularly in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, rape is treated as a moral factor rather than an issue of violence. In other countries, such as Pakistan, women have been raped by relatives after refusing marriage. While in this same area, so much as 1200kg of wheat becomes a repayment to settle a rape case. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three women worldwide have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence. In Pakistan, Panama, and Peru, a medical examiner’s report is needed by a specially-trained doctor. This is often times not accessible to victims and thus their case is left without being brought to anyone’s attention.

In other situations, the attacker threatens the victim into killing their relative or close friend if they refuse to give themselves up or if she/he were to tell anyone about the assault. Often times the victim goes years or even a lifetime without speaking out against the attack. Many aren’t sure who to tell or what would happen to them if they were to tell someone. In a majority of situations, victims are left without proper health care by which they contract an STD and have no way of knowing until childbirth or as time passes. Thus, there are many variables that leave the act of rape such a complex issue with differences in beliefs across borders and boundaries.


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