05 December 2009

Hidden Shame of Lebanese Domestic Violence

... he would first attack the children -he would tie up and beat their son and daughter.
If she tried to stop him, he would put a knife to their throats and threaten to kill them.
On other days he would ask her and the children to chose their own instrument of torture - a thick electric cable, a hammer, a hose.
After each beating - and some of them lasted for hours - he would rape her and then force all three of them into a shower to wash off the blood.

... campaigners estimate that at least three quarters of Lebanese women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. "On the outside Lebanon seems like a very liberal place. Women here party, many dress as they like, they work. But if you dig deeper and if you look at the issue of marriage, women have no rights,"...
more on the awareness campaign from BBC

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