As If Being Gang-Raped and Pregant Weren’t Bad Enough

Fatima was just 15 when she was gang-raped in front of her mother. Seven months later, and by then heavily pregnant, the schoolgirl was arrested by the Sudanese police and charged with fornication. (Telegraph, March 13, 2005)

Fatima and hundreds of others like her, after bearing the shame of rape and subsequent pregnancy, now face extortion from Sudanese police. Fatima spent three days in jail with no food before her father could come up with half the 20,000-dinar fine to get her released (a fine which amounts to a quarter of Sudan’s average annual income)–all because she was raped.

This sort of thing should not be happening. Take action against it.

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