Free Young Rape Victim Jailed for Having Sex with Adult Men

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Target: President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan

Goal: Immediately release 13-year-old boy who was raped by two older men

A 13-year-old boy in Afghanistan has been jailed by the authorities for having sex with two adult men last September. There is no legal age of consent in Afghanistan, but, being a minor, the boy is the victim of rape, not the perpetrator of a crime.

The two men who raped him are also in custody under the same laws against sex outside of marriage. These laws are frequently used to jail sex abuse victims in Afghanistan.

Human rights campaigners have expressed outrage that an innocent boy who was raped is in jail. There is an underground culture of men having sex with boys in Afghanistan that has gone largely unnoticed by the outside world, but persists to the present day.

The practice, hundreds of years old in Afghanistan, sometimes involves young boys dressed as girls dancing and entertaining older men, who usually sexually abuse the children afterward. The child’s rapists have said the sex was consensual.

The government of Afghanistan, instead of jailing a victim of rape, should immediately free this boy.

By signing the petition below, you will express outrage at the egregious and unjustified imprisonment of a 13-year-old rape victim and demand that the Afghan government free him immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Hamid Karzai,

Your government has recently put a 13-year-old boy in jail for having sex with two men in a public park, supposedly consensually.

I believe the boy, being so young, is the victim of rape and should not be in jail in the first place, though his abusers should be brought to justice. Human rights campaigners have protested his imprisonment and I would like to add my voice to theirs.

Please immediately release this boy, and end the practice of jailing the victims of sexual abuse. Rapists should be jailed, not the victims of rape. Additionally, please address the culture of men sexually abusing young boys dressed as girls in Afghanistan. I take the abuse and rape of children seriously, and believe you should as well.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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