Data Reveals Widespread Violence Vented Against the Women of Mexico
La Jornada
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June 9, 2014

According to official figures, the country has a scandalous and unacceptable incidence of sexual offenses, which primarily affect the female population. In the first quarter of this year, 4,375 sexual assaults were reported, in addition to the 699 cases of rape and a large number of episodes succinctly identified as "other sexual offenses." If this trend continues, the current year will close with a number of violations very similar to that in 2013 (13,504 acts of sexual abuse), although it would still remain below the numbers seen in 2012 and 2011 (respectively, 14,566 and 15,751).

Behind the official statistics is presumably found a black number of such great proportions that it is impossible to determine exactly, but that some agencies such as the National Women's Institute have estimated at more than 100,000 cases a year, starting from calculations that assume that for every reported crime there are eight others unreported.

The unconcealable backdrop of these data and estimates is the widespread violence vented against the women of Mexico. Their barbarous expressions are the sexual assaults and murders against this group, many committed for reasons of gender.

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