Country Gambia
Year 2013
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Sexual violence

Brief Description

The Sexual Offences Act criminalizes every form of sexual assault, exploitation and harassment.  This legislation amends the law and procedure relating to the trial of rape and other sexual offences. The Act addresses some of the barriers that have impeded the Trial of rape and other sexual offences in the past. This Act expands the definition of sexual assault and other coercive acts to include circumstances where the survivor is coerced into the sexual acts and incorporates perpetrators who would have escaped punishment prior to the amendments of this legislation.

Source of Information

The Government of Gambia, National Review on Beijing +20 2014, Section 5.4.1 pg 32