This month, Mozambique is considering draconian revisions to its criminal code that will allow accused rapists to escape punishment if they marry the sexual assault survivor.
To say this is a violation of the rights of the survivors is a gross understatement. The law not only minimizes the trauma of the survivor and ignores their rights to bodily integrity and not be subjected to torture, cruel, inhumane and and degrading treatment, it encourages impunity and escape from legal repercussions for heinous criminal violations.
Saturday, March 8th is International Women’s Day. Help us stand with the women and girls in Mozambique by taking action and demanding legislator’s protect the rights of sexual assault survivors and encourage respect for the dignity and protection of women.
Join us in telling legislator’s that impunity through marriage is a gross violation of women’s rights and this law must not be passed.