“A White Dress Doesn’t Cover the Rape,” which is the slogan for a campaign launched by the ABAAD.
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Dressed in bandages resembling a white dress, a woman covered with bruises stood outside the Lebanese Parliament Wednesday to call for lawmakers to abolish a penal code article that protects rapists who marry their victims.MPs in the Administration and Justice Committee were meeting to discuss a draft law to abolish the Article, presented by Lebanese Forces MP Elie Keyrouz.According to data released by ABAAD with the launch of the campaign, only 1 percent of the Lebanese population is aware of what is included in the Article.Seventy-three percent of Lebanese consider that the Article increases pressure on women to marry their rapists with the same number considering that the Article reflects society's preference for preserving a family's honor, rather than seeking justice for a woman's suffering.
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