Tunisia Woman Raped By Cops, Charged With Indecency
Protesters take to streets in her support
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 2, 2012 6:23 AM CDT
Elite police officers patrol in front of the French embassy, partially seen in background, Friday, Sept.21, 2012 in Tunis.   (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

(Newser) – Tunisian police raped a woman in her car—and when her official complaint prompted charges against them, they charged her with indecency, Amnesty International says. Hundreds are protesting against the officers today, CNN reports, and the AP notes that the woman is being questioned today. Early last month, the woman's lawyer says, police came upon her and her fiance in their car in Tunis. One cop took the fiance to an ATM to extort money; the other two raped the woman.

Police were charged with rape and extortion after her complaint; that's when the officers first said they'd discovered the couple in an "immoral position" in the vehicle. Now the couple has been charged with "intentional indecent behavior," potentially resulting in six months in jail. "We fear that the treatment afforded to the young woman will deter other victims of sexual abuse from coming forward and as they may fear being treated as the accused rather than the victim," says an Amnesty rep.

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Oct 2, 2012 2:17 PM CDT
Happened rather often in the sixties. There was a war on hippies and the counter culture in general. The cops acted like they were at war, too! Girls got raped by police, boys got raped by police---who are you going to complain to when everyone around you is sneering at you? Why do you think they were labeled "PIGS?"
Oct 2, 2012 12:25 PM CDT
Obama just praised the Tunisian Government a month ago as a role model for Democracy in the Middle East .. What does he say now? .. after they burned down our Embassy.. Obama the President who still thinks there's no terrorists, "wake the f__k up."
Oct 2, 2012 11:57 AM CDT
The woman was raped by two cops. That make the cops no better than the criminals they suppose to go after.