INADI Salta expresses its accompaniment to victims of sexual violence from indigenous peoples

April 29, 2022 – 13:52
INADI in Salta made public the accompaniment to the victims of sexual abuse of Mission Kilometer 2, of Pluma de Pato, Rivadavia Banda Norte, who denounced last February more than 25 acts of sexual violence of which they were victims.

The INADI Delegation in Salta made public the accompaniment to the victims of sexual abuse of Mission Kilometer 2, of Pluma de Pato, Rivadavia Banda Norte, who denounced last February more than 25 acts of sexual violence of which they were victims. Many of them also denounced the lack of affiliation of daughters and sons born as a result of these abuses and demanded that their rights be recognized.

The delegate, Gustavo Farquharson, expressed the accompaniment of the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism to the victims, given the massive dissemination in the media of racist practices of abuse, which often found justification in the alleged “practice culture” and that are currently being formally investigated.

The national official highlighted the fact that “the women have broken the historical silence and decided to publicly share their experiences, because this makes it possible to make visible the atrocities to which the women and girls of the communities were and are subjected, who are victims of violence of gender, of racial and class hatred”.

At the same time, he stressed that today these victims can face the claim publicly, because the historical state abandonment and the absence of the Judiciary, deepened the invisibility and symbolic violence against women.

On January 15, the girl Pamela Julia Flores, of the Wichí ethnic group, was found dead on the side of Route 81, in one of the accesses to the town of Pluma de Pato.

On February 11, invited by the Wichi referenta Octorina Zomara, the Minister of Security and Justice, Abel Cornejo, and the INADI delegate, Gustavo Farquharson, along with other authorities, participated in the First General Assembly of Indigenous Women of Route 81, where Problems that affect the indigenous population of the department of Rivadavia were addressed.

On Tuesday the 22nd, women from Mission Kilometer 2, from Pluma de Pato, Rivadavia Banda Norte, filed a collective complaint, which intervened with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, to determine whether criminal offenses had been committed and especially those that violate the Sexual Integrity; to the General Counsel of the Province, because it intervenes in the protection of the rights of children and adolescents and of people affected by their mental health, both in extrajudicial and judicial processes; and to the General Ombudsman of the Province, which is responsible for providing free legal advice to people with limited resources, in compliance with the constitutional guarantee established by article 18 of the Provincial Constitution.

Several workshops on accessible legal advice have already been given to guarantee access to the justice service and a bilingual Sexual Abuse Intervention Guide in Wichi and Spanish was delivered to the communities.

Given these facts, Farquharson expressed the need to “advance in the necessary actions that allow establishing a historical precedent, so that the Justice Administration Service paves the way for the eradication of these practices of sexual violence, gender and racism.”

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INADI Salta expresses its accompaniment to victims of sexual violence from indigenous peoples