Women Fight Back Against Sexual Harassment on Latin American Streets
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June 29, 2015

All Time. Every Day: Surviving Street Harassment in Mexico City (Fusion)

On the bus, in the subway, on the street - sexual harassment, both verbal and physical, is an inescapable fact of life for many Latin American women.

In Mexico City, Laura Reyes rides a designated subway car for women and children. But even so, "I don`t feel very safe," said the 26-year-old waitress. Even with women-only cars, "a lot of perverts slip in. And if I ride in the other cars, I get groped all over," she said.

...Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru have passed laws against street harassment that include, in Peru`s case, prison sentences of up to 12 years for the most extreme offenders. Lawmakers in Argentina and Chile are considering similar bills.

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