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Saturday, 19 October 2013

French man found guilty of beating and raping his wife

On the night of December 6, 2010 Ms. Samia Jaber was beaten by her husband in front of her four-year-old daughter, forced into sexual relations and raped twice. The incident happened in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, a small suburb southeast of the French capital.

The next morning as Ms Jaber was standing to catch a train to work, she was detained by police who had noticed her battered face. Jaber was well acquainted with the fear that her story might not be believed because marital rape is largely considered a taboo issue in French society. But under police advice, she decided to file a complaint.
Almost four years later, a French court has found Jaber’s ex-husband guilty of marital rape. He was sentenced on Wednesday to a partially suspended five-year sentence, three of which will be served in prison.

Ms. Jaber case has help to propel the sensitive issue of domestic violence and marital rape into the public eye in France. The court verdict against Jaber’ ex - husband comes not only as a major victory for Jaber, but also sets an example for other victims of such abuse since sexual violence is  common in France.  

And women struggle to confront it because domestic abuse is almost systematic, just like verbal and physical violence or aggression.
The organisation that stand for women called Ni Putes Ni Soumises (Neither Whores, Nor Victims) in France, echoed their view, through the lawyer who defended Jaber during her trial and said that the case allowed for “marital rape to be considered a crime”.

However, the sentence handed out to Jaber’s-ex was far from the eight to 10 years prison sentence sought by the attorney general. Even though, the accused acknowledged that he had hit his wife, he never admitted to raping her.
Regardless, Jaber’s received the ruling as a welcome end to a long ordeal.

“It’s an ending, the page has been turned,” she said.

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