In Tangier, Morocco, Safae, a 14-year old girl just gave birth to a baby girl. Births are normally events to celebrate, but not this time. Her baby is the product of a rape. Her story begins in January 2011, but she is clearly not the only one, and her case is still ongoing.
Safae was raped and abandoned near her home at the beginning of 2011. Her family has tried to press charges against the man, but the judge pressured Safae to marry him in order to “save her honor.” Since then, she has been pressured by the people in her area to marry her rapist, arguing “it will provide a better future for you and your baby.” Even though she got married, she is not currently living with her husband, and she suffers from deep depression. She has attempted to commit suicide several times due to the harassment she undergoes from her rapist. This just shows women’s rights are completely abandoned in Morocco.
All this happened just two months after Amina Filali’s case. For those who don’t remember or don’t know, Amina had gone through the same situation. She was raped and forced to marry her attacker, from whom she experienced everyday abuse. Her depression and the condition she was driven to, forced her to take her own life by swallowing rat poison.