Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Women fear violence in Haitian camps

By Sara Sidner, CNN Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — Carine Exantus should be sitting in her college communications class. Instead, the 22-year-old is teaching herself how to avoid being attacked by the men who live in her new neighborhood — a maze of makeshift shelters spaced so close together that it is hard to get between them but easy to get inside. “I, like everybody else, live in a very precarious situation,” said Exantus, who was forced to make her own shelter when her home was crushed in Haiti’s January 12 earthquake. “As a young woman,” Exantus said, “I am afraid because I notice a lot of young men being aggressive toward women at night.” In her camp, there has already been trouble. The camp leaders told CNN that two cases of attempted rape have been reported in the past few […]

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