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Why few women in Senegal speak out about their rapists

By Beth D. Packer, Lecturer in Sociology, Tufts University
Juliana Friend, PhD Candidate in Sociocultural anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
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Senegal has a robust history of women’s activism against sexual violence, which led to landmark legislation making rape a criminal offence last year. However, survivors of alleged sexual assault rarely denounce men by name.

This pattern was broken recently by a young woman, Adji Sarr who publicly accused opposition leader Ousmane Sonko of raping her. He was arrested and accused of the rape.


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