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Morocco: Petition to Ministers to Prosecute Perpetrators of Sexual Violence

From Avaaz.org

Days ago, 16 year-old Amina Filali, raped, beaten and forced to wed her rapist, killed herself -- the only way she saw to escape the trap set for her by her rapist and the law. If we act now, we can stop this unspeakable tragedy from happening to anyone else.

Article 475 in Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to avoid prosecution and a long prison sentence by marrying his victim if she is a minor. Since 2006, the government has promised to strike this down and pass legislation prohibiting violence against women, but it hasn't happened.

Hundreds of Moroccan protestors are in the streets demanding real reform, turning up the heat on the Prime Minister and heads of other ministries, who write and sponsor bills and the international media has picked up the story. If we ramp up pressure, we can see real progress now. Sign the petition for a comprehensive law to stop violence against women, including repeal of Article 475. When we reach 250,000 signatures, we'll deliver it directly to the decision makers.

Comments

jayan's picture

So sad

Breese that is a very sad story and so disheartening. Rape stories break and tear my heart apart reason being it has ever happened in my family. One of my sisters got raped and she almost lost her life.

However, the world needs to come up and really stop such tragedies from happening to our beloved sisters. People need to get out of their comfort zones and do all it takes to expose the rape criminals.

Thanks for sharing!

Every Blessings

Jayan Nanyonga
Me and you can change her story and give her life a new meaning.

Breese's picture

Jayan, I'm so sorry your

Jayan, I'm so sorry your sister had to go through such a horrible experience. Thank you for supporting such important causes!

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