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Life for Life campaign to reform Lebanese penal code

6-12-2017

On the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, and in partnership with the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) and UN Women, ABAAD organization launched its ‘LifeForLife’ campaign. The latter aims to amend Chapter 7 of the Penal Code whereby it maximizes the imprisonment to life sentence of the perpetrator of incest rape, specifically he who have sexually assaulted his daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece or any person of whom he has physical or legal custody on. According to ABAAD statement, the above campaign also aims to raise women’s awareness to report sexual abuse incidents, given the detrimental psychological damage incest crimes leave on girls and women which might lead to suicide. The latest figures have shown that rape reporting in Lebanon has increased in recent years, ABAAD statement said. The number of reported cases has increased from 11 in 2009, 33 in 2011, 42 in 2012, 36 in 2013, 52 in 2014 and 27 in 2015. In the first six months of 2016, there were 18 rape crimes, the statement went on to say. Finally, it appealed to citizens to show solidarity and pressure officials through demanding ‘life for life’ on ABAAD website http://www.abaad-lifeforlife.com (An Nahar, December 6, 2017)

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