Sunday, January 16, 2011

Historically, violence against women has been used as a political weapon in Haiti

Since 2010's devastating earthquake, experts say women and girls are even more vulnerable to gender based attacks. Rape has been only considered a crime in Haiti since 2005, but prosecutions are rare. Since the earthquake, the wave of rapes have multiplied. The fact that there are no lights in the camps has meant that, at night, anything can happen. Anybody can come into any tent and do whatever they want. Particularly vulnerable are women who don't have husbands or anybody else to support them.

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