Several cases of rape of teenage girls by law enforcement officers have erupted recently.
Thousands of women marched in Mexico City against sexual abuse by police officers on Friday, August 16.
Thousands of women marched in Mexico City against sexual abuse by police officers on Friday, August 16. – SASHENKA GUTIERREZ/EFE/SIPA
Thousands of women demonstrated Friday in Mexico City to protest against the alleged rape of teenage girls by police officers, following several similar charges. The demonstration, marching under the slogan “They don’t protect me, they rape me”, became violent when some demonstrators set fire to one of the police offices.
In early August, a 17-year-old girl reported being raped by four police officers in a patrol car in Azcapotzalco, a northern part of the Mexican capital. The next day, a 16-year-old girl in turn reported being raped by a police officer in a museum.
“I am concerned that young women cannot go to school or return home from a private party because they risk being raped precisely by those who are supposed to protect us,” said one of the demonstrators, Melissa Ortiz, 40. In the case of the 17-year-old girl, six police officers were suspended, but no arrests were made, as the prosecution reported inconsistencies in the young woman’s account. In the second case, however, a man was arrested.
Violence against women in the country has increased in recent years. According to the United Nations, an average of nine women are killed every day in Mexico.
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