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She Killed Her Rapist, and Now She's Running for Political Office in Mexico City

Melissa del Pozo - VICE News
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June 6, 2015

Yakiri Rubio is sometimes known in the Mexican news media as a "sharp-edged woman."

In December 2013, the resident of the tough Mexico City barrio of Tepito was jailed for nearly three months for killing her rapist, stabbing him 14 times to stop what was described as a brutal sexual assault.

Mexico City authorities charged Rubio with homicide.

Women's rights organizations, Rubio's parents, and thousands of supporters across the country rallied behind her as she fought to be absolved of the murder. Her lawyers claimed the charges came as a result of a shady deal between authorities and one of the two men who victimized her on December 9, 2013.

Rubio, 21, is now free and free of charges. And although she did not study past junior high, Rubio said her personal experiences with the Mexican legal system may give her an edge in her goal of gaining a seat as a local representative in Mexico City. She told VICE News in a recent interview that she hopes to end up being known for more than "stabbing the man who raped me."

Rubio's face was seen on the covers of magazines and in newspapers across the country, turning her into a polarizing name. She was criticized for what some called her excessive counter-attack, but stood behind her claim that she killed one of her attackers in self-defense.

This May, she was finally declared innocent.

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Photo: Melissa del Pozo/VICE News

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