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Tunisia: Assaulted and accused: Sexual and gender-based violence in Tunisia - Executive summary

, Index number: MDE 30/2827/2015

In September 2012, a woman known as Meriem Ben Mohamed was charged with “indecency” after she reported rape by two police officers. By speaking out, Meriem shed light on the deep flaws in Tunisian legislation and sparked a campaign demanding legal change and protection to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. “Raped and accused” became a phrase that highlighted the entrenched prejudices and discrimination against survivors of sexual and gender-based violence who, like Meriem, are often victimized and held responsible for the crimes they have suffered.

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