“‘Why do you need to make this public,’ they said. ‘Leave it with Allah. He will punish.’

Sure he will…

Speaking up about rape in conservative Kazakhstan

In the conservative Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, many women are afraid to speak up about rape and sexual harassment. But a local campaign – one which predates the MeToo and Time’s Up movements – has been urging women not to stay silent.

Saina Raisova almost breaks down when she recalls the day she was raped by two men last year.

The 26-year-old jumped out of a third floor window in order to escape from her attackers, breaking her pelvis and a heel.

She survived her fall, but says that following her rape, “the first thing I thought of was to commit suicide. I thought I wouldn’t be able to live with this.”

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