Country Papua New Guinea
Year 2002
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Sexual violence

Brief Description

The Criminal Code (Sexual Offences and Crimes against Children) Act of 2002 introduced a series of new offences extending penetration to include penetration of all orifices by the penis or any other object.  The offences are graded according to the seriousness of the harm and incorporate the ways in which women are sexually violated.  Tougher sentences were introduced, the marital immunity that had previously protected husbands from a charge of rape was removed, and the requirement for corroboration was removed.

Source of Information

Response to the Government of Papua New Guinea to the questionnaire for the Secretary General's Study on violence against children (2005); UN Women