Magazine article Herizons

Croatian Rape Victims Qualify for Benefits

Magazine article Herizons

Croatian Rape Victims Qualify for Benefits

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In May, the Croatian Parliament passed the first law in the country to recognize rape as a war crime. The Act on the Rights of Victims of Sexual Violence during the Military Aggression against Republic of Croatia in the Homeland War will go into effect in January 2016.

Twenty years after the Bosnian war ended in 1995, survivors of sexual violence from that conflict will be eligible to access a monthly stipend, medical resources and legal aid as it relates to dealing with the effects of the sexual violence they endured.

Throughout the war for independence in the former Yugoslavia, rape was used systematically to intimidate communities and to assert power over women. The survivors of sexual violence sought to obtain status as civilian victims of war in the eyes of the Croatian government, meaning they would be entitled to compensation orto psychological or medical services. …

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