“If a man rapes your mom, do you call him ‘dad’?”
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These words are aimed at revising Article 522 of the Lebanese Penal Code which legalizes rape if the rapist marries his victim. On January 14th, hundreds of men and women gathered in front of the Lebanese Interior Ministry to march against marital rape and domestic violence in general. Under the rain they walked through the streets of downtown Beirut to the Lebanese Parliament. The aim was to show how the Lebanese law fails to give and protect women’s inalienable rights as equal human beings. The protest was organized by Nasawiya, a collective of feminist activists, men and women.