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July-17-00

Thousands of Rape Survivors in Thailand Are Silent; Abortion Laws Remain Stringent

Women's groups are fighting to help rape survivors in Thailand, where the stigma and shame associated with rape has pushed thousands of young women into muted suffering and suicide. The rape of young girls is also an important part of a larger campaign that will widen Thai women's access to abortion and to legal counsel. Abortion remains illegal in Thailand, except in circumstances where the mother's life is threatened or in which the women can prove in court that they have been raped. An estimated 300,000 Thai women undergo illegal abortions every year.

Media Resources: South China Morning Post 17 July 2000

   

     

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