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Woman forced to marry her rapist at 11 pushes for marriage law change

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sherry Johnson was 11 years old when she was forced to marry her 20-year-old rapist through a loophole in a Florida law that doesn’t set a minimum age for marriage if a girl is pregnant.

That was nearly five decades ago, but the problem still exists today and Johnson, now 58, is hoping to change state law to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from getting married.

The first step toward that goal happened Tuesday, when a Senate committee unanimously approved a bill that would end child marriage in Florida.

“A child cannot do anything for themselves,” Johnson said in an interview with Associated Press before the vote. “Why marry a child that cannot open a bank account, can’t drive a car, can’t vote. Why allow them to do that? Why are your forcing someone to do that against their will?”

Florida doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 18

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Woman forced to marry her rapist at 11 pushes for marriage law …

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sherry Johnson was 11 years old when she was forced to marry her 20-year-old rapist through a loophole in a Florida law that doesn’t set a minimum age for marriage if a girl is pregnant.

That was nearly five decades ago, but the problem still exists today and Johnson, now 58, is hoping to change state law to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from getting married.

The first step toward that goal happened Tuesday, when a Senate committee unanimously approved a bill that would end child marriage in Florida.

“A child cannot do anything for themselves,” Johnson said in an interview with Associated Press before the vote. “Why marry a child that cannot open a bank account, can’t drive a car, can’t vote. Why allow them to do that? Why are your forcing someone to do that against their will?”

Florida doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 18

Read more at: http://nypost.com/2017/10/25/woman-forced-to-marry-her-rapist-at-11-pushes-marriage-law-change/

How journalists helped change Jordan’s ‘marry the rapist’ law

For years in Jordan, it was both conventional wisdom and the law: better for a rape victim to marry her rapist – she’s damaged goods, after all, and will bring shame and dishonour to her family since no one else will marry her.

It was perhaps a step up from honour killing, the rarely-talked-about practice of family members murdering female relatives who had been sexually “interfered with” in an attempt to restore the family’s “honour.”


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Article 308 of Jordan’s Penal Code permitted pardoning rapists if they married their victims and stayed with them for at least three years, provided the victim was between 15 and 18 years old. Proponents of the provision argued it helped “protect the honour” of rape victims.

Due in no small part to the courageous

Read more at: https://globalnews.ca/news/3774232/how-journalists-helped-change-jordans-marry-the-rapist-law/

How journalists helped change Jordan’s ‘marry the rapist’ law …

For years in Jordan, it was both conventional wisdom and the law: better for a rape victim to marry her rapist – she’s damaged goods, after all, and will bring shame and dishonour to her family since no one else will marry her.

It was perhaps a step up from honour killing, the rarely-talked-about practice of family members murdering female relatives who had been sexually “interfered with” in an attempt to restore the family’s “honour.”


READ MORE:
How a radio station helped a First Nation reserve fix a shortage of police officers

Article 308 of Jordan’s Penal Code permitted pardoning rapists if they married their victims and stayed with them for at least three years, provided the victim was between 15 and 18 years old. Proponents of the provision argued it helped “protect the honour” of rape victims.

Due in no small part to the courageous

Read more at: https://globalnews.ca/news/3774232/how-journalists-helped-change-jordans-marry-the-rapist-law/

Middle East on a roll to repeal ‘marry the rapist’ laws

In recent weeks, the Tunisian, Jordanian, and Lebanese parliaments have repealed provisions in their penal codes that allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims. Provisions like these, largely colonial-era relics, remain on the books in many other countries in the region and beyond. Some permit exoneration for a range of offences, including kidnapping, rape, and sex with a child (statutory rape) if the perpetrator marries the victim.

On July 26, the Tunisian parliament repealed article 227bis in full when it passed its landmark law on eliminating violence against women. Less than a week later, on August 1, the lower house of Jordan’s parliament approved the full repeal of article 308. Jordan’s penal code amendment still has to go to the appointed upper house for approval and requires the king’s signature to become law. On August 16, Lebanon’s parliament repealed article 522, that had allowed rapists

Read more at: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/08/middle-east-roll-repeal-marry-rapist-laws-170822095605552.html

Middle East on a roll to repeal ‘marry the rapist’ laws – Al Jazeera

In recent weeks, the Tunisian, Jordanian, and Lebanese parliaments have repealed provisions in their penal codes that allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims. Provisions like these, largely colonial-era relics, remain on the books in many other countries in the region and beyond. Some permit exoneration for a range of offences, including kidnapping, rape, and sex with a child (statutory rape) if the perpetrator marries the victim.

On July 26, the Tunisian parliament repealed article 227bis in full when it passed its landmark law on eliminating violence against women. Less than a week later, on August 1, the lower house of Jordan’s parliament approved the full repeal of article 308. Jordan’s penal code amendment still has to go to the appointed upper house for approval and requires the king’s signature to become law. On August 16, Lebanon’s parliament repealed article 522, that had allowed rapists

Read more at: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/08/middle-east-roll-repeal-marry-rapist-laws-170822095605552.html

Countries are Getting Rid of their “Marry the Rapist” Laws

Lebanon recently became the latest Arab state to repeal laws on the books that allowed rapists to escape punishment…if they married their victims.

Lebanon follows Morocco, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia which have all repealed similar laws in the past few years.

Morocco repealed it’s marry the rapist law in 2014 after a 16 year old young woman swallowed rat poison after she was forced to marry the man who raped her at knife point. The case brought international attention to the law in Morocco where the government received criticism from the UN for it’s stance on violence against women and the country’s victim blaming after the case became public.

Meanwhile, in Turkey last November, the government proposed exonerating 3,000 men accused of rape if they married their victims but public outcry ended that plan.

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How were these laws created in the

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Marry-the-rapist law

There are many bright spots in the world today, and it’s unfortunate that crises here and abroad often drown out news of the positive developments taking place.

For instance, on Wednesday, Lebanon’s legislative parliament — the Assembly of Representatives — passed a law that abolished the right of male rapists to avoid prison by marrying their female victims.

The law had been on the books since the 1940s, and it had more to do with culture, tradition, and religion than anything to do with justice and women’s rights. The premise for the law was rooted in protecting a woman’s honor as well as her family’s. The Lebanese law stated that rape is punishable by up to seven years in prison, or more if the victim is mentally ill or physically disabled. A provision stated that if the rapist marries the victim, criminal prosecution is suspended.

The “marry the rapist” provision is not

Read more at: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/editorial/ci_31234404/marry-rapist-law

Marry-the-rapist law erased in Lebanon – Sentinel & Enterprise

There are many bright spots in the world today, and it’s unfortunate that crises here and abroad often drown out news of the positive developments taking place.

For instance, on Wednesday, Lebanon’s legislative parliament — the Assembly of Representatives — passed a law that abolished the right of male rapists to avoid prison by marrying their female victims.

The law had been on the books since the 1940s, and it had more to do with culture, tradition, and religion than anything to do with justice and women’s rights. The premise for the law was rooted in protecting a woman’s honor as well as her family’s. The Lebanese law stated that rape is punishable by up to seven years in prison, or more if the victim is mentally ill or physically disabled. A provision stated that if the rapist marries the victim, criminal prosecution is suspended.

The “marry the rapist” provision is not

Read more at: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/editorial/ci_31234404/marry-rapist-law

These Arab countries repealed their ‘marry the rapist’ law before Lebanon

Egypt got rid of its ‘marry the rapist’ law in 1999. 

Article 291 previously stated that it “granted any individual who committed the offense of rape the option of marrying the victim in order to avoid the penalty imposed by the code.”

The penal code does not allow for the execution of rapists, instead gives a 25-year sentence to the offender. A rapist faces the death penalty only if he/she murders the victim. 

If the rapist is a minor, a sentence of up to 15-years will be given.

Since the law was repealed, many provisions of the Egyptian Criminal Code criminalizing sexual offenses against women have been modified. 

Despite the modifications, Egypt ranked the worst among Arab countries for women’s rights, according to a 2013 poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 

Sexual harassment is considered a crime – according to Egyptian law – with charges based on both Article 306 (a)

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