CDHCM asks to explore international models against sexual violence

Mexico City. Mexico does not have the highest standard of protection in sexual violence and even less when the victims are children and adolescents, said the president of the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City, Nashieli Ramírez, who urged to eradicate normalization of all types of sexual violence in culture and institutional practice, since women “are not prisoners, as the patriarchal culture has treated us.”

In the forum Sexual violence and sexual tortureorganized by the We Have Other Data Network, the All Mexico National Feminist Coordination, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the CDHCM, Ramírez explained that taking international reference models for the determination, investigation, punishment and reparation of violence sexual violence, can help to eliminate the gap between the current criminalization of this type of aggression and the normative treatment of the problem.

He recalled that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CorIDH) has developed jurisprudence that allows setting standards at the highest level of protection for women in the typification and characterization of sexual crimes, which would allow access to a life free of violence.

In Mexico City, complaints of sexual crimes have increased by more than 40 percent. According to official figures, during 2021, 9,215 complaints were filed in the country’s capital for crimes that threaten sexual freedom and safety, such as abuse, harassment and rape; figure that represents an increase of 42.5 percent compared to 2020 and 41.7 percent when compared to the records of 2019.

In the reports of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System regarding the criminal incidence of the Common Law and that refer to the occurrence of alleged crimes registered in investigation folders, it is corroborated that the number of sexual assaults in the CDMX range on the rise.

Only last year, 2,220 violations were reported, a figure that contrasts with 1,505 in 2020 and 1,499 in 2019, that is, last year there was an increase of 47.5 percent in the number of violations compared to 2020 and 48 percent when compared to 2019 figures. The figures above include both simple and equated rape.

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CDHCM asks to explore international models against sexual violence