When Rape Goes Unpunished

Cheryl Thomas applauds the US legal system:

Recently, the United Nations reported that 102 countries still have no legal provisions addressing domestic violence. While sexual assault may technically be a crime in many countries, laws are weak, and effective prosecution of rapists is rare. Public prosecutors have no responsibility to pursue charges under these laws.

At the meeting in Istanbul, Russian women reported that 4,790 cases of rape and attempted rape were reported in 2009, but only 10 percent of rape victims ever report the crime. They know their allegations will not be investigated. Another report described the Turkish legal system’s alarming treatment of victims of violence. In one story, a young woman who had been raped and assaulted by her husband for years was advised by police to reconcile with him after she was hospitalized with a broken arm and skull.