An international legal response to #MeToo, rape and sexual abuse is needed

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Abstract

Rape and other forms of sexual abuse are a worldwide epidemic. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. And according to UNICEF, around 120m girls worldwide have experienced “forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts” at some point in their lives.

Over the past year, there has been mass mobilisation against these forms of abuse. From #MeToo and #TimesUp in Hollywood, to #IBelieveHer in Northern Ireland and #Cuéntalo in Spain, women around the world are sharing their stories on social media, organising protests and expressing their frustration with the criminal justice systems of their respective jurisdictions.

Yet despite this increased attention, laws around the world continue to fail victims of rape and sexual abuse. It is time this, too, changed.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 04 May 2018

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