What’s Current: Jordan repeals law that pardons rapists who marry their victims

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Jordanian parliament has voted to repeal a law that pardons rapists if they marry their victims.

“Article 308 — which is considered to be a ‘rape loophole’ — pardons rape perpetrators for at least three years, if they marry their victims. The law was put in place as a means of defending a woman’s ‘honor,’ but has been widely regarded as an infringement on their autonomy.

‘We are celebrating today. This is a historic moment not only for Jordan, but for the entire region. This achievement is a result of the concerted effort of the civil society, women’s rights and human rights organizations in Jordan,’ said Salma Nims, secretary-general of the Jordanian National Commission for Women.”

A Korean man robbed, sexually assaulted, and killed a female waxing specialist after learning from a YouTube video that she ran the shop alone.

Two more cases in which Canadian sexual assault victims were jailed to ensure their testimony have come to light.

Photographer Ada Luisa Trillo’s Philadelphia exhibit “How did I get here?” captures women in Mexico’s brothels. She tells Taina Bien-Aime:

“Not one of the women I photographed called herself a ‘trabajadora sexual’ (‘sex worker’)… They ridiculed that term and would say ‘caí en la prostitución’ or ‘caí en esto,’ which means ‘I fell into prostitution.'”

Archaeology Now declares “Stonehenge was not just a man thing” after publishing research that found more women were buried at Stonehenge than men.

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Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • lk

    I imagine the photos of the women in Mexico brothels are so moving.

    So many lines from that article stood out for me,but this one really hit me:”The women belong to people other than themselves.”

    Prostitution is not about empowerment or women’s choices: it is about women’s lack of choice. It is about men using their financial power to gain unwanted access to women’s body. Prostitution is about your body belonging to someone else-the men who pay you for sex, the pimps, the brothel owners.

    I really applaud women like Ada Trillo for bringing these women’s stories to life. And I am grateful to the women who agreed to be photographed or speak about their experiences.The pro-sex work voice is so very dominant online that the stories of women who suffer in the sex trade completely get drowned out…I think its very important that people get to hear what life is really like for so many women in the sex trade….for most women and girls, it is not the rosy garden that the pro sex work lobby makes it seem.

    One thing I wonder is how many women worldwide “fell into prostitution” because of drug addiction. Have y’all ever watched that show Intervention? It’s a reality show about addicts whose families want to get them into drug rehab. I’ve watched a number of episodes and so many times the women prostitute to make money to pay for drugs/alcohol…none of them wanted to be prostitutes nor was it their career before drug addiction.

  • Tobysgirl

    And let us constantly remember that drug peddling and prostitution are the province of ORGANIZED CRIME. The U.S. now has a president who owns casinos, and no one owns casinos without connections to organized crime. Scalia, the recently deceased supreme court justice who said that knocking a prisoner’s teeth out did not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, was allegedly linked to organized crime who managed to buy themselves a justice. Hoover of the FBI had links to organized crime, and I don’t doubt that current FBI personnel do as well. The banks are connected to organized crime as they need someone to launder all that money.

  • lk

    “Perhaps many. But I think that it most cases sexual and psychological trauma (aka grooming) early in life is behind and precedes drug addiction.”

    Yes, maybe the better question then is how many women turned to drugs/alcohol because of sexual abuse?

    In many of the stories of women I have seen or read who prostituted to feed their drug addiction, many of the women seemed to initially turn to drugs as a way to cope with rape, sexual abuse or a similar form of trauma. The last episode of intervention I watched featured a woman who had been raped in college-she didn’t tell anyone or seek counseling..she just turned to alcohol and different drugs to numb the pain. When her family did the intervention, she said something like: Well, how do you just bounce back from being raped? The counselor at the intervention explained to her that drugs won’t heal the pain she feels from the rape, that part of what she could learn in rehab was how to deal with that trauma.