Not One More Victim of
Rape or Murder!
- In commemoration of 25
de noviembre / November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of
Violence Against Women, and in solidarity with all international
activist efforts to end violence against Latina women and girls Arte
Sana shared the following.
According to documents received from Esther Chavez, Executive Director
of Casa Amiga, and data gathered by the victim advocacy group "Justicia
para Nuestras Hijas” (Justice for Our Daughters) over 34 bodies of
women and girls have been found from January - September of this year
Forensic evidence and testimony confirmed that at least four of the 12
victims whose bodies were found in isolated areas were maquila
8 women were murdered by a husband, ex-husband, or partner, including
a woman who was murdered by her husband after reporting him for raping
her ten-year-old daughter. The rapist committed suicide after
murdering his wife.
3 young women were raped, murdered, and had organs removed from their
Among the bodies of women from other countries found:
* A victim of trafficking from Brazil, her nude body had been left at
the door of a clinic in March
* A Latina U.S. citizen; her body was found in the street with legs
and arms bound, and wrapped in plastic bags in April
* A Honduran woman raped and murdered on a train in September
The oldest victim of rape and murder was 54, the youngest was a
six-year-old girl who was also stabbed 15 times; her eyes were removed
from her face.
It is important to note that the data is not complete and the process
of data collection itself is rife with contradictory statements and
denial by government officials, as well as conflicting political
interests. The data does however confirm that contrary the position
assumed by some Mexican officials; the majority of women and girls
murdered were NOT the victims of domestic violence.
It also confirms the magnitude of the problem on both sides of the
border. While the recurring deaths within the El Paso/Juárez areas
have drawn greater media scrutiny in recent years, the sad reality is
that gender-based violence knows no border. The brutal
assassination-style murder of four Mexican women in the border region
of Donna, Texas on September 4, 2002, stands as a sad reminder of just
how vulnerable and invisible some victims can be. It was originally
reported that the working class barmaids or ‘ficheras,’ were possibly
murdered because a patron’s sexual advances were rejected. Over fifty
shell casings from automatic rifles were found around the bullet
ridden car that was ambushed in the driveway of the small mobile home
they shared, yet state and national media coverage of this multiple
homicide was overshadowed by the sniper shootings and the first 9/11
¡Ni Una Más!
Not One More Victim of Rape or Murder!
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