Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:05 am
Target: King Mohammed VI
Goal: Remove laws requiring victims of sexual abuse to marry their attackers from Moroccan law.
In Morrocco, laws are currently in place that force women and young girls to marry their rapists and put teenagers in jail for public displays of affection. This has caused great distress for those targeted by the new laws. A number of survivors of sexual violence have committed suicide in recent months when facing the prospect of marrying their attackers. In March 2012 for example, a sixteen-year-old girl named Amina Filali swallowed rat poison rather than marry the man that had allegedly raped her. These laws must be immediately removed from the Moroccan code of law.
Three teenagers are set to appear in court for kissing and posting photos of themselves on the social media website, Facebook. Two teenage boys and one girl were charged with ‘public indecency’ for their actions. One of the boys was accused of ‘indecent assault’ on a minor for the kiss that was posted to Facebook. The ‘indecent assault’ charge carries a possible sentence of 2-5 years and a possible fine.
While the Moroccan government has been drafting laws to protect women from violence, the going has been slow. Laws that protect women’s rights often take years to pass through the legislature. Delays in legal reform leave women and young girls open to exploitation and abuse. More lives will be in danger as long as things remain the way they are. Sign this petition and demand that these draconian laws be removed from Moroccan law.
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:25 am
Noted, signed, and saddened that this kind of thing continues...though I did know it, in the back attic of my brain.
Whether this kind of thing is a result of culture, religion supporting culture, or whatever, it is a symptom of a patriarchal system that is quite outdated, in my opinion.
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:37 am
. Your signature has been recorded. This does NOT make the rape go away by marrying the one raped. I know in some Countries it makes her unworthy for a husband and therefore sent into life of poverty and maybe slavery. It might be some weird way of preventing this from happening to the woman. It still doesn't make her life better for now she is stuck with the one who did harm to her. Talk about being between a rock and hard place or out of the frying pan into the fire. A loose loose for these women. The whole Country needs to do better in changing these barbaric policies.