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Sexual Violence and Justice in Liberia

Most victims of rape and domestic violence in Liberia struggle to get justice, for reasons ranging from social pressure to weak and corrupt law enforcement. With the UN's peacekeeping mission in the country winding down, the situation may get even worse.

OXFORD – Martha’s daughter was only 12 years old when a group of men raped her in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. The police arrested one of the attackers, but did not refer the case for prosecution – an outcome that, Martha believes, had a lot to do with her inability to pay the unauthorized “processing fee” that some police officers impose on rape victims and their families.