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2017: Lebanon Repeals Archaic Marry-Your-Rapist Law
If you're anything like me, it was as painful for you to read those words as it was for me to write them. The Lebanese "Marry-Your-Rapist" law stated that a man accused of rape could be exonerated if he married the individual he raped. Yes, you read that right. 

However, the silver lining in this very dark cloud is that the country finally repealed this disgusting and archaic law in 2017. After women's rights group Abaad protested the legislation by putting up billboards depicting brides in bloodied wedding gowns, with a caption in Arabic reading, "A white dress doesn't cover up rape," and by hanging similar gowns from trees in Beirut, Lebanon followed in the footsteps of countries like Jordan, Tunisia, and Morocco in 2014, in repealing the law. And it's about time.

(Pictured: Political commentary on the streets of Gemmayze, East Beirut, Lebanon.) 
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