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Women in Mexico City Are Fighting Back Against Rampant Public Sexual Harassment

Gabriela Gorbea - VICE News
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May 12, 2016

When it comes to crimes against women, one of the worst countries in the Americas is Mexico. The Mexican government has started a new campaign against female harassment. As a part, it plans to install new emergency centers in the subway. (CCTV America)

Dominique stood on a Mexico City subway platform on a recent afternoon. She was just steps away from the special area designated for women and children, but she was going to board a regular mixed-sex carriage. She felt safe because she was with a male friend.

Once in the car, a stranger got close.

"He grabbed my ass," the 21-year-old recalled. "He did it even though he saw I was with a man. I got really angry and slapped him, but nothing else happened."

Last month the capital's authorities decided it was time to show they care about stopping rampant sexual harassment against female commuters in the Mexican capital by flooding the subway system with 1,200 police officers dressed in pink vests. The city government said the force is being deployed at stations throughout the network during the morning and evening rush hours.

"Groping usually takes place during peak times," said a spokesman at Mexico City's Public Security Secretary. "Our aim is to stop these uncomfortable situations for women from taking place."

The new special anti-groping force on the subway was announced after thousands of women took to the streets on April 24 to demand an end to gendered violence of all kinds.

Many wore purple, some carried pink crosses, and others wore clothes with simulated blood stains. The main slogan was "We want to stay alive." Banners proclaiming "No means no," and "If one of us gets armed, all of us will respond," were common.

Read the rest at VICE News

Related: 'Women Only' Public Transportation Is Mexico's Latest Effort to Raise Sexual Assault Awareness (Latin Times)

Related: Before We Can End Violence Against Women We Must First Ask a Fundamental Question: What Is Going on with Men? (The World Bank)

Related: The Deeply Troubling Reason Women in Mexico City Are Riding Separate Subway Cars (The Huffington Post)

Related: 'Las Morras': Meet Group of Girls Fighting Sexual Assault in Mexico (Latin Times)

Related: Jenni Rivera, 'Love Foundation' Opens 24-Hour Refuge for Abused Women, Children (Latin Times)

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